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Glendale Cop, His Dog, and Suspect All Get Shot; Cop Only One to Survive

Ronin, the Glendale Police Department K9.
Ronin, the Glendale Police Department K9.
Glendale PD

An officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in Glendale left bullets in a police officer, his police dog, and the man they were tracking down.

Police spokesmen say they won't be releasing the identities of anyone involved until later today, but the dog and suspect both died, and the cop is in stable condition in a hospital.

According to Glendale PD, police were called to a report of a man trespassing and making threats at a business near 51st Avenue and Orangewood, and when the first officer on the scene tried to get the guy out of the store, he ran away, and hopped a wall into an adjacent neighborhood.

Residents reported the man being armed, even pointing the gun at a homeowner in a failed attempt to get inside.

A citizen pointed officers to a backyard where they just saw the man run, and the K9 officer and his dog found the man hiding under a trampoline.

Police say the dog was "deployed," at which point the suspect pulled a gun, and bullets were exchanged.

All three were shot, and the suspect died after being taken to a hospital, but the officer was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The dog died overnight, police say.

Police say information about the cop, his dog, and the suspect will be released later.

UPDATE: 2:41 p.m.: Officer Wes Zygmont, a 13-year veteran with the Glendale Police Department, has been identified as the officer who was shot. He's still hospitalized.

His K9, Ronin, died Thursday at nearly two years old. Ronin, a Belgian Shepherd Malinois, was the newest police dog at the Glendale Police Department.

There also were two other officers on the scene who shot at the suspect, whose name still hasn't been released.


UPDATE: 2:48 p.m.: The suspect who was killed by officers has been identified as 20-year-old Jourdan Akili Wagner.

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