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K-9 Killed, Officer & Suspect Wounded In SoCal Shootout

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) – A man authorities say was wanted for a parole violation was fatally shot during a gunfight in which police say he wounded a Palm Springs police officer and killed the officer’s police dog.

Authorities say the shootout occurred about 1:20 a.m. Sunday after two officers who recognized the gunman attempted to stop him.

When he fled on foot one of the officers turned his police dog loose.

Authorities say the man, whose name was not released, opened fire, wounding the officer on the right side of his body. A bulletproof vest deflected the slug and saved his life. He was treated at a hospital and released.

Police spokeswoman Rhonda Long says the dog, named Ike, was the first Palm Springs K-9 officer to die in the line of duty.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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