Kirkland K9 Injured During Track of Felony Assault Suspect

 

On April 4th 2014 at about 12:31am, Kirkland Police Officers responded to the 13000 block of NE 70th PL for a possible felony assault that had just occurred.  The suspect reportedly assaulted the victim with a broken piece of glass and was last seen leaving the area on foot.  K-9 Thor and his handler, Officer Daniel Hopkins, responded to the area and began tracking the suspect.  An officer working a perimeter post observed who he believed to be the suspect in the 6300 block of 132nd Avenue NE.  A second officer responding to assist, inadvertently struck K-9 Thor with the front of his police cruiser.  Officer Hopkins was not struck or injured.  K-9 Thor, who was momentarily knocked unconscious, was transported to Seattle Veterinary Specialists located here in Kirkland.  At this time, Thor is recovering and in good condition.  As a precaution, Thor will be kept overnight at Seattle Veterinary Specialists for observation.

The suspect Thor was tracking for the assault is currently in custody at the Kirkland Police Department for investigation of Assault 2nd Degree.  Contact Lieutenant Mike Murray with any questions, 425-587-3402 or mmurray@kirklandwa.gov.