ROY, Utah — A police K-9 who was shot during shootout between a suspect and officers is recovering at home after undergoing surgery, according to his handler.
K-9 "Mik" was shot in the face early Saturday morning when police exchanged gunfire with a suspect early Saturday morning.
According to Roy City Police, an officer initiated a routine traffic stop, briefly talking to the two male suspects before they took off in their vehicle. Officers pursued the vehicle for a short time before calling off the chase.
Shortly after that, officers were tipped off that the vehicle had stopped in a large field in the area of 2640 North 1700 West in Clinton. As they began to approach the vehicle, police say one of the suspects opened fire, leading to a shootout.
One suspect was killed, while the other was taken into custody.
Mik underwent life-saving surgery Saturday, and his handler said he was doing well and was sent home early despite initially being expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.
"He is resting very comfortably and getting very spoiled," his handler said.
Mik will be out of work for at least six weeks, the department said, and will then be re-evaluated.