Ryan Mitchell Smith, a suspect who was released from jail after his family put up bond over the weekend, had been charged with stabbing Houston K-9 Officer Nate. After police discovered the body of Smith’s father early Tuesday morning in the garage at his home, Smith was being sought as a person of interest.
Nate, a Belgian Malinois who serves as a SWAT officer canine, had been on duty with his handler when officers responded to the robbery attempt. As the suspect tried to escape, Nate was released and chased Smith on foot. Smith, alleged to have been armed with a butcher knife, stabbed Nate several times while behind the building, located on the 1600 block of Bass Street.
Officers heard the dog let out a cry, and his handler ran over, picked him up and rushed him to the animal hospital Vergi24, where the dog received life saving treatment for his injuries and loss of blood. Nate underwent surgery, and he is recovering and has returned home to recuperate.
Update: The veterinary hospital is sending K9 Nate home tonight so he can rest more comfortably. He will return to the hospital in the morning for blood tests, bandage changes and exams. We are so happy Nate will get to sleep at home tonight. And we are so excited for his handler and familyGood News: K9 Nate is Improving“Took our outside break this morning together. This boy has the heart or a warrior! We have another day or two in the hospital, but he has come a long way and I know he is ready to go home.” As of Sunday afternoon, K9 Nate is transitioning from IV medications to oral medications and his vitals continue to improve. He truly is a warrior. And we all know, you can’t keep a good dog down.Get well soon Nate! You’ve got this good boy.Vergi24 Facebook
On Tuesday afternoon, Smith was arrested again without incident and faces a felony evading charge.
UPDATE: Following a tip, Ryan Mitchell Smith was located about 2 p.m. today walking along Highway 159 in Waller County. He was arrested without incident by @TxDPSSoutheast & faces a felony evading charge. HPD detectives will question him about the death of his father.Twitter
Get well soon Nate.
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