Hero K9 protects his partner, takes bullet intended for a Florida deputy

A man was killed in Jupiter, Florida, on Friday after he fired his gun at police who cornered him after a high-speed chase. Thanks to the quick action of a hero police dog, his deputy partner was saved from a bullet.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Philip O’Shea, 46, died Friday evening after Palm Beach deputies cornered him on suspicion of robbing a motel in Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 2, and robbing a Palm Beach bar on Friday morning. The suspect led officers on a chase down Okeechobee Boulevard in Palm Beach, but it ended when he crashed his car near an industrial area. After shooting at an officer, O’Shea fled and carjacked a woman’s car.

He ended up in Jupiter, where another shootout with police took place near the Wood Duck apartments on Military Trail. During the Jupiter shootout, a Palm Beach K9 named Kasper was shot on his back leg while protecting a deputy.

Earlier that morning, O’Shea allegedly robbed Duggan’s Pub in West Palm Beach. The owner, Donna Duggan, said that around 4 a.m., the suspect put a gun to one of the bartender’s head and demanded money. The bartender handed over hundreds of dollars and O’Shea fled.

“We’re lucky. We were lucky. We were very lucky…..He did tell the bartender, ‘This is a robbery. Not a homicide.’ ”

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Posted by PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 12, 2017


Authorities reported that Kasper is still dazed from the trauma, but he’s otherwise healthy. He was treated at the Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists animal hospital on Saturday, where his bullet was removed. Fortunately, the bullet missed the pup’s vital organs. On Saturday evening, he walked out of the animal hospital with use of all four legs. Michelle Tucker, managing director of patient services at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists, said that Kasper will likely make a full recovery.

“He’s on antibiotics and is walking fairly well, all things considered.”

[Feature Photo: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office]