Magnum, the Anderson Police Department K9 shot by a suspected bank robber Saturday was euthanized this morning, according to Timothy Lee, a veterinarian at VCA Northwood Animal Hospital.
“There were just too many injuries to the base of his brain,” Lee said. “He was still with us this morning, but he was never going to resume a normal life. ... It was just time.”
The procedure was performed about 7:20 a.m. Magnum’s handler, officer Matt Jarrett; his wife, Police Chief Larry Crenshaw and a department chaplain were by the dog’s side.
At first, veterinarians who performed emergency surgery Saturday thought Magnum would pull through. But he never regained consciousness and began to experience organ failure because of the gunshot wound.
Lee said that Magnum was shot in the snout, but the bullet traveled through his sinus cavity and eventually lodged in lung tissue.
A Belgian malinois, the dog has been with APD for a year and a half. He was shot while protecting officers responding to a bank robbery at the PNC Bank at Nichol Avenue and Drexel Drive.
According to police, Joseph Turner, 22, of Anderson allegedly entered the bank just after 9 a.m. Saturday.
Witnesses told police that Turner fled the bank with a handgun and headed south on a bicycle. Police tracked him to a wood line in the area of Eighth Street and Dale Keith Jones Road.
That’s where the dog was released and allegedly shot by Turner, who fled into a bean field.
Turner was arrested about 12:15 p.m., after a search of the field.
The police department has been under an unusual amount of stress over the past month.
Officer Marty Dulworth was wounded during the Pendleton shooting last month. His K9, Kilo, was killed during that July 27 standoff.
Lee called Magnum’s shooting “just a needless waste of a very fine dog.”
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