Man Fatally Shot After Stabbing Police Dog During Hostage Situation In Saginaw

K-9 Officer Deebo was taken to a veterinary hospital to be treated.

WWJ News
February 09, 2020 - 3:53 pm
K-9 Officer Deebo

Photo: Saginaw Police Department


SAGINAW, Mich. (WWJ) -- A man is dead after stabbing a police dog during a hostage situation in Saginaw Sunday morning.

Officers were called a home in the 600 block of Sheridan Street on the city's east side around 8 a.m. after neighbors called about a disturbance. Authorities discovered that a 48-year-old Saginaw man had taken another man -- who they say was the domestic partner of the suspect -- hostage inside the home.

Officers were able to rescue the man who was being held hostage in the house and he was uninjured.

During the incident, the suspect stabbed a K-9 officer named Deebo in the head with a knife. The 5-year-old German Shepherd was taken to a Saginaw-area veterinary hospital to be treated, but his condition was not known.

Saginaw Police Chief Robert Ruth said Deebo had been on the force for three years and had been trained for tracking and narcotics searches.

Police shot and killed the 48-year-old suspect after he refused to drop his weapon. None of the police officers were injured during the incident, but have been placed on administrative leave until Michigan State Police detectives investigate the incident.

Saginaw County prosecutors will review the reports to determine if the fatal shooting was justified.

Scene of the hostage situation
Scene of the hostage situation in the 600 block of Sheridan (Photo: Bill Hewitt)