New details in the Tulare officer-involved shooting that wounded an officer and killed his K9 partner.
Police say 25-year-old Cameron Ware is one of three suspects involved.
The incident happened Sunday night just after 7 p.m., after police say a routine traffic stop led to pursuit and ended in a shootout.
“There were four officers that were in the immediate area when the vehicle came to a stop one of those being the canine officer and his partner bane,” said Interim Chief Matt Machado of the Tulare Police Department.
The Tulare Police Department says the incident started in the city and ended in the county.
Police have not released the names of the officers involved. But say the officer who was shot and wounded has been with the department for 6 years.
Police say he was recently assigned to the K9 Unit and had just started working with his K9 Officer Bane.
Police say during the gunfire battle between an alleged suspect and Tulare City Police, one and a half year old Tulare Police K9 Officer Bane was shot and killed.
“Bane and his handler were both struck by rounds and the officers on scene, the additional officers on scene returned fire,” Machado said.
Police say there were three people inside the car, a 35-year-old man who died at the hospital, a 28-year-old woman who’s in critical condition and 25-year-old Cameron Ware.
“Ware is being charged with four counts of attempted homicide to a police officer, death of a police canine and four outstanding misdemeanor warrants,” Machado said.
Police say Bane and his partner had just completed their 5-week training together and this was their first full weekend on duty.
They say the officer was shot in the torso, and hand but is expected to be ok.
“His ballistic vest was able to protect him and along with his partner bane those two items saved his life,” Machado said.
Police say the other officers involved have been with the department ranging from 16 years to 6 months.
They say they are right now on paid administrative leave.
As for Bane, the police department does plan on holding a service when his partner recovers.
The incident is being investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.