BANE

BANE

Tulare City Police K9, Bane, 1 1/2 years old, was shot and killed December 9th after his partner pulled over of a vehicle that had been fleeing from police.

Bane’s handler/partner, a Tulare police officer was also shot. It was the pair’s first weekend on the job together.

While officers are left mourning the death of one of their own, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies will investigate the events that led to the deadly officer-involved shooting.

Witnesses said “dozens” of shots were fired in the area of Tulare Avenue and Palm Street, west of the main city. There are multiple scenes in Tulare stemming from Sunday night’s shooting, police said.

One suspect is also dead and another shooter is in “grave” condition in Visalia, Sgt. Jon Hamlin said.

The incident began around 7 p.m. in the city limits of Tulare when officers tried to pull over a vehicle with three people inside. The driver fled and officers took chase. The pursuit ended in rural Tulare County, west of Tulare city limits.

Witnesses said police were chasing a late-model sedan at high-speeds. They estimated the sedan was topping 100 mph. The driver eventually pulled to the side of a nearby rural road west of Tulare.

A “gun battle” ensued and one officer was shot in the arm and torso. His bullet-proof vest likely saved his life, Hamlin said. Police didn’t say what prompted the traffic stop or where it started.

The third suspect, the driver, fled down the county road after shots rang out. He stopped and arrested.