LPD: 15-year-old shoots police K-9, officer returns fire - FOX34 Lubbock

LPD: 15-year-old shoots police K-9, officer returns fire

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scene near Amherst and Elkhart Monday, April 6, 2020 scene near Amherst and Elkhart Monday, April 6, 2020

A 15-year-old girl is facing multiple counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and gun theft after investigators say she shot a police K-9, prompting its handler to return fire in northwest Lubbock late Monday morning.

Police were initially called for a domestic disturbance on Amherst Place near North Chicago Avenue; this is just outside the northwest Loop. The caller said there was a 15-year-old with a gun. When officers arrived the girl had left the home. They started checking the area.

The LPD reports a K-9 and its handler searched the perimeter of a house, near where the 15-year-old was hiding in the bushes. Investigators report she opened fire on the police K-9, striking it at least once. The K-9 handler returned fire.

The girl was taken to the hospital, treated for a dog bite and possible gunshot wound. The LPD reports it is not known at this time if the gunshot wound was from the officer or self-inflicted.

The juvenile was released from the hospital and taken to the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center. She is charged with:

  • Four counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Interference with Police Service Animal (Second-Degree Felony)
  • Theft of a Firearm
  • Terroristic Threat (Misdemeanor A)


Fflorian, photo provided by LPD

 The police K-9, known as Fflorian, was transported to a vet hospital for treatment.

Last year police report a 14-year-old shot and wounded another LPD K-9 officer, Max. Members of the VFW honored Max earlier this year. Max is still recovering at home and the determination has not yet been made whether he will return to active duty.


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