A Meridian K-9 officer shot a pit bull that confronted him and his police dog Wednesday morning as he chased after a man wanted on a felony warrant in a Meridian neighborhood.
The dog was struck once and the suspect — William Raymond Calvillo, 22, of Lodi, Calif. — was taken into custody.
The dog was taken to the Meridian Vet Clinic and is expected to survive, police said.
Neither the K-9 officer nor his dog were injured.
Police arrived at a residence in the 2300 block of Sonoma Court to serve a $25,000 warrant on Calvillo, who is accused of felony eluding from another jurisdiction.
While officers worked to detain Calvillo, he ran into the backyard of the home, through an opening in a wood fence and down a canal bank. The pit bull followed Calvillo down the canal and confronted the K-9 officer and his dog, who were stationed along the canal bank. A second pit bull also escaped and ran toward officers, but did not attack, police said.
The Idaho Humane Society was called to the scene to look for the second dog.
Calvillo was taken to the Ada County Jail in Boise. A jail listing said Calvillo was being held on a probation violation out of Owyhee County.
Calvillo was released from state prison in October, after serving time for eluding a police officer. He was scheduled to remain on supervision until October 2017, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.
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