BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - A police dog is expected to recover after getting hit with a pellet gun by a suspect who was barricaded in a Buckeye home.
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies booked 61-year-old Harold Whistler into jail Tuesday on five counts of aggravated assault and one count of harming a working service animal.
Authorities were called after several people reported someone with a rifle and pistol was pointing the weapons in traffic. Upon deputies' arrival, Whistler went inside his home.
A SWAT team eventually entered with Karl, a police canine. Investigators say Whistler fired three rounds from a pellet gun at the dog, hitting him in the ear and mouth.