K-9 Recovering After Being Shot Multiple Times During Pursuit Near Jacksonville Zoo: ‘All Smiles’

A K-9 officer is recovering and “all smiles” after suffering three gunshot wounds during a police pursuit near the Jacksonville Zoo on Friday.

The K-9, Huk, was shot in “the neck, hind end, and the carpus (wrist)” and will require multiple surgeries but is currently “resting comfortably” on pain medication.

First Coast Veterinary Specialists, P.A. provided an update on his recovery:

Look who is all smiles this evening! Huk is rallying with his community.

His evening update: Huk sustained 3 penetrating gun shot wounds; soft tissue injuries to the neck, hind end, and the carpus (wrist) with orthopedic injuries as well. One of his 3 wounds was able to be closed today.

He will need multiple procedures as he recovers but as of this evening he is eating and resting comfortably on his pain medications.

Before Huk was injured, police were involved in a standoff between three suspects, who were allegedly involved in an incident where gunshots were heard before 2:00 p.m., News4JAX reported.

Authorities then located a vehicle that matched the suspect’s description and engaged in a shootout with the suspects at West 45th Street. No officers were harmed in that shootout, the local outlet noted.

The suspects then entered the vehicle, and a police pursuit ensued that ended in a crash with another vehicle at the intersection on Bush Driveway near the Jacksonville Zoo.

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