Police raise $ 73,000 on GoFundMe for K-9 who was shot twice while on duty before admitting THEY fired the bullet that injured him
- Police in Thurston County, Washington reported that their beloved K-9 Arlo was shot twice in January
- A GoFundMe organized to help with Arlo’s medical bills raised $ 73,705
- Further investigation shows that the suspect fired no shots and that the only shell casings found at the scene were officers’ shells
Police officers have admitted to shooting their famous K-9 Arlo after raising more than $ 73,000 on GoFundMe to pay medical bills.
The three-year-old German Shepherd, who has worked at the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State for more than a year, was driving officers when a shooting took place after a police chase.
Initially, it was not reported how Arlo’s injuries had been sustained. This led many, including the hospital staff to whom the suspect had been taken, to assume that Arlo had been shot by the suspect.
However, evidence from the scene disputed that claim, and police later admitted that K-9’s injuries were “ sustained by own fire. ”
Arlo, the three-year-old German Shepherd who shot to TikTok fame, was shot twice by his police officers before undergoing an eight-hour operation.
The now-disabled GoFundMe has raised $ 73,705 towards the Thurston County Deputy Sheriff’s Foundation and K-9 Arlo’s medical expenses
Arlo served at the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit for over a year, but is retiring because he needs additional medical care
Arlo, who has 2.5 million followers TikTok, garnered national attention when fans stepped in to contribute the cost to the dog’s life-saving surgery.
Social media posts documented Arlo’s progress and the video of Arlo’s release from hospital went viral.
According to reports, Arlo’s handler claimed on a now-deleted Instagram that Arlo was shot by a suspect, while police allege they did not mislead the public about the origin of Arlo’s injuries.
Arlo was shot twice during the incident, with one bullet going through his leg and the other in his spine. K-9 was rushed to hospital where it underwent eight hours of emergency surgery.
Now, new reports explain that the suspect involved in the shooting did not have a working gun and that the only shells found on the spot were police shells.
K-9 police officer was rushed to hospital after a bullet went through his leg and another bullet got stuck in his spine
GoFundMe raised more than $ 73,000 to pay for medical bills. Arlo is pictured during the operation
Officers claimed that when they caught the suspect, 25-year-old Victor Hugo Ortiz Bucio, he pointed an automatic pistol at the authorities on the spot.
Five deputies and a trooper opened fire on the suspect for seven seconds and hit him multiple times.
When the suspect was taken to hospital and reported that he had shot a K-9, the suspect told hospital staff that the gun he had was not functional.
The Mason County Prosecutor has reviewed law enforcement’s use of force and found no wrongdoing and declined to file criminal charges against the officers for shooting the suspect.
The six officers involved were initially given administrative leave, but are back in service after being released.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office announced that Arlo would be retiring because he needs additional medical care after the shooting.
Ortiz Bucio, the suspect who was also shot by officers on the spot, is being held in Thurston County Jail. He is charged with third-degree rape of a child, second-degree child abuse, an attempt to evade a police car chase and a second-degree assault charge.