Friendly Fire Injured Springs SWAT K-9

By: AP
By: AP

A new report says "friendly fire" was behind the injuries to a Colorado Springs SWAT officer and police dog as authorities tried to capture a bank robbery suspect.

The report, released Wednesday, shows two officers were justified in using deadly force against the suspect outside a home last month, but that the gunfire accidentally injured two colleagues.

District attorney's investigator Larry Martin says SWAT Officer Rafael Chanza was hurt by a bullet that went through suspect William Gregg's arm, and exited his wrist. Martin says the slug shattered when it hit Chanza's bullet-resistant vest, causing superficial arm wounds.

The German shepherd police dog named "Bosco" was shot in the head. He survived, but lost an eye and had to be retired.


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