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Suspect Fatally Shot After Repeatedly Stabbing K9 Then Going After Deputies

Gobles, MI – A knife-wielding domestic violence suspect stabbed a Van Buren County K9 and tried to stab a deputy during a fight in the crawlspace of a home on July 26.

The incident began at approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 26, when the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (VBCSO) received a report of an assault at a home near Bush Street and North State Street, WOOD reported.

The 39-year-old suspect, whose identity has not been released, had multiple warrants out for his arrest, according to WWMT.

Deputies arrived at the scene and encountered the suspect’s wife, who had been assaulted, investigators said.

The deputies obtained a warrant and sent VBCSO K9 Kuno into the home to locate the suspect at approximately 9:30 p.m., WOOD reported.

When K9 Kuno found him hiding in the basement crawlspace, the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the K9 repeatedly, according to police.

The wounded K9 retreated from the home as a deputy made his way inside, Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott told WOOD.

“Once they went downstairs to try to take him into custody, the suspect was tased to no avail,” Sheriff Abbott said. “The suspect still did have the knife in his possession, did not go by verbal commands and unfortunately the deputies ended up using lethal force once they were confronted with a subject with a knife coming at them.”

The suspect died from his wounds.

K9 Kuno was rushed to a veterinarian in Kalamazoo and was listed in stable condition on Tuesday morning, WWMT reported.

He may need to be transferred to Michigan State University for further treatment, Sheriff Abbott said.

The sheriff said deputies had been called to the residence for aggravated assaults multiple times in the past.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) are handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting, as per protocol.

Pokagon Tribal Police and the Paw Paw Police Department are also assisting the MSP, WWMT reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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