Anchorage, AK (AP) - A 2016 case in where a police dog was shot and killed has moved forward. The man who shot the K-9 has been convicted of attempted murder and felony assault.
Anchorage television station KTVA reports 27-year-old Almando Abarca in September 2016 shot and killed the trooper dog and fired at a state trooper and a Palmer Police Department officer.
A Palmer jury convicted him Wednesday. Abarca will be sentenced May 29.
The shooting followed an attempted traffic stop by the Palmer officer of a car with four people inside and Abarca at the wheel.
After a pursuit, the driver stopped and fled into woods. Officers followed and a trooper handler unleashed the dog, Helo.
The dog was hit by multiple shots.
Officers fired back and hit Abarca in the shoulder.