Anaheim Police Department K9 Bruno, 10, succumbed to gunshot wounds May 18th sustained two years earlier while tracking a subject who had fired at probation officers.
The officers were conducting a probation check at an apartment at that location. As they pulled up they located the probationer standing outside with two other individuals. The other two individuals started running and were followed by one of the officers as they fled into an alley. One of the men opened fire on the officer, who then sought cover and called for backup.
K9 Bruno and his partner tracked the subject to a courtyard in a nearby apartment building. As Bruno attempted to open a trashcan lid with his nose the man, who was hiding inside, suddenly emerged and opened fire. K9 Bruno was struck in the jaw and chest. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.
Bruno was rushed to a nearby veterinary hospital where he underwent surgery. He was medically retired following the shooting and continued to suffer health issued as a result of the wounds. He died on May 18th, 2016, from complications of a surgery.
K9 Bruno had served with the Anaheim Police Department for 6 years at the time of the shooting.