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Police dog injured in standoff with armed man in Buckeye

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 07:59:26-05

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.