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Police K-9 dies after stabbing

on January 31, 2014 10:35 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities said a K-9 stabbed by a man being arrested on fugitive warrants has died.

The 8-year-old police dog, named Rocco, was injured Tuesday night when police arrested John Lewis Rush, 21. Rush was one of Allegheny County’s most wanted fugitives because of warrants for probation violations and failing to register as a sex offender. Rocco died Thursday evening.

Police said Rush was arrested about 10:30 p.m., or about 40 minutes after he fought and got away from a sheriff’s deputy.

Police apprehended Rush, but not before they said he stabbed the dog in the back. Two police officers also suffered leg and arm injuries.

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