Delano PD K9 Axel wounded in McFarland shootout

Officer-Involved Shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Delano Police Department identified a K9 that was shot and wounded in a shooting Saturday night in McFarland.

In a Facebook post, the department said K9 Axel was shot multiple times by a pursuit suspect. McFarland police requested the Delano K9 unit following a pursuit that ended at San Lucas Street and East Sherwood Avenue at around 8:30 p.m.

Delano police said Axel’s handler released K9 Axel and the suspect fired at the dog. Axel was taken to a veterinary hospital and treated for injuries.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said McFarland officers opened fire against the suspect. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment. No human officers were wounded during the incident, KCSO said.

Meanwhile, community members are showing support for the wounded K9 on the social media post. The post has hundreds of comments praying for Axel’s recovery.

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