A South Florida bomb-sniffing dog who has helped protect President Trump was shot and wounded in the line of duty Friday when he took a bullet meant for his two-legged partner.
K9 Kasper is recovering after being shot in the side when deputies with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office exchanged gunfire with a wanted stick-up man who was killed. None of the deputies were injured.
“During the gunfire, PBSO K9 Kasper was shot while protecting his handler,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that included a photo of the wounded dog on a veterinarian’s operating table.
The sheriff’s office posted video on Twitter Saturday of Kasper leaving the hospital to go home.
K9 Casper returns home from the hospital after taking a bullet that was meant for his K9 handler. pic.twitter.com/t7Xlgwff8h
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) May 13, 2017
Kasper has protected Trump at times in Palm Beach, WPBF-TV reported.
Deputies say Phillip O’Shea, 46, was wanted in connection with an early morning hold-up at a West Palm Beach bar when he got away by car-jacking a woman’s car.
About 13 hours later, three deputies spotted O’Shea in Jupiter and confronted him in a parking lot. During the fire, Kaspar was wounded and the criminal was shot dead.