K9 Deputy Shot by Undercover Detective During Arrest of Wanted Suspect
Photo: Ricardo Aguirre and K-9 Jack
29-year old Ricardo Aguirre was wanted by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office for several reasons. He was a suspect in a carjacking and robbery, had a felony warrant out for possession of a firearm, and a misdemeanor warrant out for resisting arrest.
On September 3rd, detectives of the CATTCH Unit were surveilling a vehicle in which Aguirre was a passenger. Detectives pulled the car over near Inyo and West in Tulare, however Aguirre was not ready to surrender. He jumped out of the vehicle heading east on Inyo, sparking a foot chase just as a K9 unit arrived on scene. K9 Deputy Jack was released.
During his chase, K9 Deputy Jack ran across a plain-clothes TCSO detective who he mistook as the suspect. K9 Deputy Jack did what he was trained to do and latched onto the out-of-uniform detective’s tactical vest and did not let go. The undercover detective fired a round into the K9’s neck.
Aguirre was captured in the same lot where the K9 incident occurred. He was arrested and booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility. He could be charged with carjacking, second degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest, possession of a loaded firearm in public, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $180,000.
K9 Deputy Jack took a trip to the vet where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive. The detective who he mistook as the suspect did not suffer serious injuries.
Photos from TCSO