Sultan, a beautiful 2 years German Shepherd, trained for the Riverside County Canine unit was shot and killed Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in
Riverside County, California, by a wanted felon.
Officer Down Memorial Page
The quick and easy, down and dirty, nitty gritty of the situation is this: A felon, accused of multiple weapon violations and robberies failed to
appear in court and was sited in a rural neighborhood in the burbs of Riverside County. Police responded, seeking to arrest the individual when he
hid in the crawl space under a private residence. Police considered him "Armed and Dangerous".
The neighborhood was evacuated and SWAT was called. After some time and lots of cajoling, the individual remained holed up and someone made the
decision to send Sultan in to "get" the perp. Sultan return bleeding from the neck. The initial reports were that he was stabbed, but soon reports
emerged that he had been shot. He died at the vet from his injuries later that afternoon. After 9 hours, police threw some flash grenades/tear gas
canisters under the house and the individual came out, armed, we're told, and police shot him around 16 times, (guessing from sounds the video of the
As sad as the loss of life, of the perp and of Officer Sultan, there is something that is nagging at me, and just doesn't smell right.
Does anyone else think that the police threw Sultan under the bus? Did Sultan have a bullet proof vest on? I mean, what was Sultan expected to do?
Handcuff the perp and read him his rights? Nope. Sultan was there to attack, and eat the face off the guy hiding in the crawl space under the house.
I can't imagine any way for that guy to have gotten out of there with a dog gnawing on him, other than fighting back and attacking the dog in self
Am I wrong?
Police don't have a very good reputation for their sensitivity of dogs, generally. While searching ATS to see if this had been posted already, I came
upon this thread.
This One Police Department Shot 92 Dogs in Three Years.
Now, in all fairness, some Police Departments are introducing special canine training classes to address sensitivity issues when dealing with family
pets. Officers are being offered incentives for participation, so that's good move in the right direction.
edit on 23-1-2015 by windword because: (no reason given)