A police K9 shot in the face during a traffic stop that left a Dekalb County police officer dead last week was released from Blue Pearl Veterinarian hospital on Saturday. The seven-year-old Belgian Malinois named Indi underwent emergency surgery to save his life, however he did lose his right eye.
According to the DeKalb County Police, Indi had been assisting the police in finding the suspect who fatally shot Officer Edgar Isidro Flores after fleeing a traffic stop on Thursday evening. The suspect, Brandon Taylor, 33, of Decatur, tried to run as Flores chased Taylor into the parking lot where Taylor opened fire, hitting Flores multiple times, before fleeing.
A video posted on Facebook showed a line of police cars awaiting Indi’s release from the veterinary hospital. The crowd applauded as the K9 walked by.
“Indi will continue his recovery at home with the major concern being protecting his wounds from infection,” an Instagram post read. “The bigger concern will be keeping Indi from being the very active police canine he seems ready to get back to being until he fully heals.”
It is expected that Indi, despite having lost his eye, will be able to return to duty. Once he is released from the Blue Pearl as healthy again, the K9 will be evaluated to judge whether he is able to return to work, but even if he can no longer perform as a police dog, he will live out ” the remainder of his life as a family member in their home.”
On Saturday, police officers from around the region, paid tribute to Officer Flores and his body was escorted to his hometown in Habersham County. Rest in peace Officer Flores.
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