DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham Police K-9 is recovering after a larceny suspect shot the dog while running from authorities on Tuesday afternoon, according to Durham police.
Police said the K9 injured is named Daro. He’s been with the police department for four years.
Investigators said Daro was helping officers track a suspect wanted in connection with several thefts in the area when the suspect shot him and then took off.
“A cop stopped by and he just said that they had a situation and either I could leave but I had to leave at that moment or I could stay but it could be minutes or hours,” Joaquin Carcana, a neighbor said.
Carcana was one of several neighbors along Morehead Avenue impacted by the search for that suspect.
Durham police said officers were attempting to apprehend the suspect around 1:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Morehead Avenue. The man was wanted for multiple larcenies in the downtown area.
As officers moved to take him into custody, Durham police saw the suspect was armed with a handgun. As the officer attempted to seize the gun, the suspect ran to a wooded area nearby.
“I was concerned. I didn’t know … It seemed like something of that magnitude, something really serious was happening,” he said.
Investigators confirmed a short time later the suspect had been arrested.
Durham police could not provide a name or description of the suspect at the time of the search.
Police caught the man in a wooded area near Morehead Avenue and Burke Street around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Officers also waited outside the Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital. Inside Daro underwent surgery. Police said he’s doing well.
“For a while I couldn’t leave my house as the cops were like no you need to go back inside which is fine,” Renata Kamakura, a neighbor said.
For hours after the arrest, police remained on a smaller stretch of Morehead, searching the area for the handgun. Officers went into the sewers.
Police said they would hold the scene until the morning when the search would continue.