When an Adams County Sheriff’s deputy got into a fight with a suspect, K9 Lex opened a gate and came to his rescue.
The incident occurred on Sunday, August 6, about 1 AM, in the area of 4700 W. 89th Place, which is in the Shaw Heights neighborhood, according to CBS Local Denver. The deputy responded to a trespassing call, and was talking with the suspect, later identified as Gabriel Garcia, who suddenly fled.
The deputy pursued him on foot, and was separated from K9 Lex.
The deputy located Garcia, who had jumped a fence during the pursuit, and tried to take him into custody. Garcia then launched a brutal assault on the deputy. During the struggle, K9 Lex “unlatched the gate with his paw.” The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said, “Lex came to the assistance of the deputy and the suspect was apprehended.”
Gabriel Garcia has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault in the attack on the deputy, and is in jail under $500,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 31.
The deputy, who was not identified, was was hospitalized and later released.
It is not known if the suspect was injured.
In a Facebook post, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said:
“On August 6 at 1 a.m., an Adams County deputy responded to a trespass in progress in Shaw Heights. As he was investigating the call, the male he was speaking with ran away. The deputy jumped a fence to pursue the suspect and he got separated from his canine, Lex.
As the suspect fought with the deputy, canine Lex unlatched the gate with his paw. Then Lex came to the assistance of the deputy and the suspect was apprehended. Adams County Sheriff’s deputies booked the suspect into the Adams County Detention Facility. As a result of the altercation, the deputy was injured and went to a local hospital for treatment. He is at home recovering from his injuries.
“Our deputies view canine Lex as a hero for saving the day. We appreciate everyone in the K-9 Unit and their hard work to keep us safe,” said Adams County Undersheriff Harold Lawson.
Lex is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who has served with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since February, 2015. He is certified in narcotics and police patrol through the Colorado Police Canine Association and National Police Canine Association. #ACSOPROUD”Ada
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy. Get well, soon.