An armed man shot by Glendale police, Thursday night, died from his wounds early Friday morning, while a wounded K-9 officer remained hospitalized in a shooting that also killed a police dog.
Officer Kevin Robertson and Officer Jason Chambers fired their weapons when at a home in the 5100 block of Morton Avenue, after the suspect displayed a gun and threatened the officers, according to Glendale police. The suspect, Jourdan Akili Wagner, 20, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Wagner exchanged fire with police after a foot chase, and the Glendale Officer Wes Zygmont and his police K9 partner, Ronin, were wounded, said Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden.
Zygmont is in stable condition at a hospital, and is expected to survive. The dog, Ronin, died overnight, Breeden said.
A store clerk called police about 6:45 p.m., and asked police to remove a man trespassing at a Circle K convenience store near 51st and Orangewood avenues.
An officer went to the store and contacted the suspect, who ran as soon as he went outside the store, Breeden said. More officers, including a K-9 officer and his dog, joined the chase.
Witnesses said the suspect had a handgun and threatened to shoot people as he ran through a nearby neighborhood, at one time pointing the gun at a homeowner, as he tried to force his way into a house.
Officers caught up with the suspect, hiding under a trampoline in the backyard of a home, and the police dog was sent after him.
The man showed his gun and officers fired.
Breeden said it hadn't been determined who shot the dog, or officer.
No other injuries were reported.
Robertson is an 8-year veteran officer, and Chambers is a 7-year veteran officer. Zygmont has been with the Glendale Police Department for 13 years and Ronin, a Belgian Malinois, was the newest K9 with the department, being there just three months.
Glendale Police Chief Debora Black released this statement Friday afternoon:
"Officer Zygmont is in good spirits, and we are hopeful for a full recovery from his injuries. He is deeply saddened by the loss of his K9 partner Ronin. Our Glendale PD family will remain by his side through these first difficult days and throughout his recovery. We are humbled and appreciative of all the support we have received from the community and our law enforcement family."
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