K9 police to be released from animal hospital after shooting involving teenage suspect

Gwinnett County Police K9 Kai, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, will be released from hospital Tuesday after being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

Gwinnett County Police say a K9 officer injured in a shooting involving an officer will be discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

Gwinnett County Police K9 Kai, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, will leave the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Buford on Tuesday afternoon.

The Gwinnett County Police Department said officers attended a neighborhood near Pine Lane around 10:20 p.m. on May 24 after reporting a domestic incident in which a man threatened a woman with a handgun .

When the police arrived on the scene, an armed man had already left the house.

K9 agents and the department’s aviation unit found the man in a wooded area near the house. Officials said when officers approached, the man fired at least one shot, hitting a police dog.

Police identified the K9 as Kai, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. They said Kai was in stable condition after being shot multiple times. Kai had been working as a dual-purpose K9, investigating narcotics and on patrol, for less than a year.

After the dog was hit, an officer returned fire, striking the man.

Doctors transported the man to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police have not updated the condition of the suspects, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 17-year-old Levi Bryan was not deceased.

Benjamin M. Yerger