HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) — Riko’s partner, Hurricane City Police Officer Demille, provided a short but positive update on the K9’s condition.
“Riko is doing good and progressing all the time,” Demille said. “He is too tough and stubborn to let this keep him down too long. He can move around a little but it takes all of his energy. Thank you to everyone that has reached out and sent their prayers, good vibes, and thoughts. They are felt and appreciated.”
He added that veterinarians are not sure if the dog suffered any muscular, nerve or neurological damage, but they should know more by this afternoon.
Individuals who would like to pitch in for Riko’s medical costs can donate on Hurricane City Recreation Department’s website.
Riko, a Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd mix police K9, was stabbed while on duty on Monday, Dec. 26.
UPDATE: Hurricane Police K9 stable after being stabbed on duty
Dec 27, 2022 / 01:51 PM MST
HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) — The Hurricane City Police happily reported that Riko, a Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd mix police K9, has been upgraded to stable condition after being stabbed while on duty on Monday.
Riko is five and a half years old and will remain in Las Vegas to continue receiving emergency medical care.
Riko was stabbed while on duty, responding to a Hurricane man who fled police and entered a stranger’s home. When police arrived, an altercation resulted in Riko being critically injured and the man being fatally shot by police.
Hurricane police have identified the man as 46-year-old Jose Palacios Pascacio from Hurricane.
ORIGINAL STORY: Hurricane Police shoot, kill man after home invasion
Tuesday, December 27 // 6:55 a.m.
HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) – A man was shot and killed by police officers after a short pursuit and a home invasion in Hurricane on Monday, Dec. 26.
Police say they received a call to the Hurricane Cemetery just before 7:30 p.m. to find a man that said he was being threatened. When police say they found the man, he allegedly started yelling at Hurricane City Police Officers in Spanish before driving his car at the officers.
A short pursuit ensued as the man fled the scene, but officers stopped the chase due to safety concerns. The man was spotted not long after, reportedly driving “very slowly and erratically” near 700 West and State Street and making numerous abrupt u-turns.
The erratic driving allegedly caused the man to crash his car into another driver, reportedly causing “substantial damage” to both cars. After the crash, the man drove off the road before abandoning his car.
A short time later, Hurricane City Police say they received a call near 2400 West and 200 North. The resident reported a man in his mid-40s speaking Spanish had “just walked into their home.”
Officers responded and entered the home and reported shots had been fired, according to the statement. Police reported the suspect was fatally shot and was pronounced dead on the scene.
During the altercation, a police K9 was stabbed in the neck. Police said the K9 is currently in critical condition and has been transported to Las Vegas for emergency medical care.
The four family members inside the house were not injured.
“We send our condolences to the family of the deceased. And our hearts and prayers are currently with our K9 that was injured and his partner and family as we are all hoping for the best possible outcome,” Hurricane City Police said in a statement.
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Washington County Critical Incident Task Force. Officers from the Hurricane City Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the shooting.
The identity of the man has not been released at this time, pending notification of his family.