Sacramento police K-9 Reno recovers from surgery after brawl with fleeing suspect

The Sacramento Police Department K-9 that was hurt while trying to stop a man suspected of ramming a truck into a police parking lot Monday night was recovering from surgery Tuesday, the police department said.

The dog, Reno, suffered deep cuts while trying to take down a man who police say drove into the William J. Kinney Police Facility parking lot on Marysville Boulevard. The man, who was not yet identified Tuesday afternoon, continued to drive after ramming through the gate, hitting a police car with his truck and then driving off the lot through an emergency exit gate on Rosalind Street.

Reno is a Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands, according to an August 2015 post on Nextdoor, a private social networking site. The breed is commonly used in law enforcement and security work to detect explosives and narcotics, as well as to aid in search and rescue missions. The post said Reno was a cross-trained patrol dog trained to sniff out evidence and explosives.

The Sacramento Police Canine Association names Officer Zackary Yasonia as his partner on its website.

Reno made contact with the suspect Monday night after he crashed into the front gate of a neighboring home and exited the truck. The man fought off Reno multiple times. An officer at the scene fired his weapon at the man, hitting him in the extremities, police said.

The man continue to flee officers, jumping over fences, the department said. Reno was wounded with at least two cuts from the incident and was rushed to a veterinarian hospital. Tuesday’s tweet said Reno was expected to make a full recovery.

Police said the pursuit ended after they located the man at a nearby yard as he fought with the resident of the home. The man reportedly knocked on the home’s door, asking for help, and hit the resident with a metal pipe when he refused. The suspect then made his way inside the house, locking out the resident. He came back outside after finding the resident’s car keys and attempting to drive away with the vehicle.

The officers who initially responded to the crash eventually found the two men and used an electroshock weapon to take the suspect into custody.

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