A heroic and intelligent member of Colorado’s K-9 unit used some quick thinking in order to save his human partner from a brutal attack, as reported by FOX 43.
It all started when a deputy responded to a call of a trespass in progress around 1 a.m. on Saturday in the town of Shaw Heights. During the investigation, the suspect fled on foot, leading to a chase.
The deputy jumped a fence in pursuit of the suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Gabriel Steven Garcia, and he was separated from his canine partner, according to CBS News.
The two began fighting and the deputy was injured. That’s when Lex jumped into action, managing to unlatch the gate and apprehend the suspect, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
“As the suspect fought with the deputy, K-9 Lex unlatched the gate with his paw. Then Lex came to the assistance of the deputy and the suspect was apprehended,” it reads.
Adams County Undersheriff Harold Lawson commended the dog’s bravery in a statement given to reporters.
“Our deputies view canine Lex as a hero for saving the day. We appreciate everyone in the K-9 Unit and their hard work to keep us safe,” he said.
Lex is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who has served with the sheriff’s office since February 2015. He is certified in narcotics and police patrol through the Colorado Police Canine Association and National Police Canine Association, the sheriff’s office has noted.
Garcia has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault in the attack on the deputy, according to ABC 10. He is being held in jail on a $500,000 bail and will appear in court on August 31.
[Featured Image: Adams County Sheriff’s Office]