An officer killed a police dog in Waco on Friday after it bit its handler while police were attempting to serve an arrest warrant.
Authorities had converged on a house in the 2000 block of Seneca Avenue just after noon. As they walked up to the home, the Belgian Malinois bit its handler.
Another officer then fatally shot the dog.
The officer was taken to a hospital and “expected to be OK,” police spokesman Garen Bynum told the Waco Tribune-Herald. KWTX-TV reported that the officer was bitten in the groin, near the femoral artery.
Authorities didn’t enter the home until hours later, according to KWTX.
The man police were looking for was not at the house and remained at large Friday night, officials said. Police did identify him or say why he was wanted.
Waco police had three dogs in their K-9 unit, according to the Tribune-Herald: Hondo, Kastor and Kempi. It was unclear which dog was involved in Friday’s incident.
The department posted on social media Friday evening, asking for an extra prayer for the police-dog teams.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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