FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man accused of stabbing a K-9 deputy several times was shot by Fresno police officers on Sunday night, according to Fresno County Sheriff’s officials.

Just before 5:00 p.m., officers arrived at a home near Maple and American avenues to arrest a suspect wanted on several felony charges.

A short time later, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 were called out to the home to provide backup for officers as they tried to take the man into custody.

Following a struggle with officers, the man reportedly tried escaping from the home and ended up running into a K-9 deputy and its handler.

Authorities have taped off the scene near Maple and American.

“He’s had every opportunity to give up, multiple times, and he chose to run. He chose to fight,” said Fresno County Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Pursell.

During a confrontation, officials say the suspect pulled out a weapon and stabbed the K-9 deputy at least three times. The K-9 was taken to a veterinary emergency hospital for surgery and is expected to survive its injuries.

The suspect was shot at least one time by officers during the incident and was taken to a local hospital, where his condition is currently unknown.

Authorities haven’t identified the suspect, but say he was wanted for multiple felonies, including domestic violence and weapon charges.

Officials say the man will most likely be facing new charges related to harming a K-9 officer among several other felonies following Sunday’s incident.

A photo of the scene.

“This was all preventable, this dog did not need to get stabbed,” said Lt. Pursell. “This is all the actions of the suspect, he made these choices, so this was all very preventable.

The Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation into the shooting since it happened outside city limits.

Detectives are expected to have the scene taped off throughout the night as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-3111.