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Suspect found dead in Northeast standoff; police dog shot

K-9 Officer “Rico” was shot by a burglary suspect Friday morning and is undergoing emergency surgery. (APD)

K-9 Officer “Rico” was shot by a burglary suspect Friday morning and is undergoing emergency surgery. (APD)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police say the burglary suspect involved in a standoff with police was found dead at the scene.

Police said they heard shots inside the trailer where the suspect had been barricaded. When they investigated, the suspect’s  body was found. An APD spokesman said that no officers fired their weapons during the incident.

Meanwhile, police reported this afternoon that an Albuquerque police dog is in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery after being shot during the Friday Northeast Heights standoff. He has sustained massive trauma and his handler is by his side, police say.

An Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman said the dog may have been shot several times.

The shooting occurred as the suspect attempted to evade officers who had responded to a report of a commercial burglary in process near San Pedro and Oakland NE, according to police.

After the dog was shot, officers said that additional gunshots may have come from the location where the suspect was hiding.

Police said they responded to a call from the owner of the industrial park who reported seeing a “suspicious” person inside the fenced area, said APD spokesman Simon Drobik.

Officers set up a perimeter and decided to send in the police dog because of the large area that the suspect could have been hiding in.

The call came in about 4 a.m.

Drobik said it is standard practice to send in police dogs to try and find a suspect in large spaces.

Sometime after the dog was let into the park, Drobik said, officers heard a burst of what sounded like gunfire.

Officers then found the dog with multiple gunshot wounds and quickly transported the animal to an emergency veterinary hospital, Drobik said.

Later, officers found the body of a man who was dead for as-of-yet-unreleased reasons. Drobik could not provide a timeline about when the dog and the man’s body were discovered but said that more information should be released today.

Drobik also did not know if police had found a weapon near the man or if the man could have committed suicide.

— This is a developing story. Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

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