'Hero' police dog survives after being shot in the face by murder suspect

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'Hero' police dog survives after being shot in the face by murder suspect

A police dog from Kenosha, Wisconsin, survived after being shot in the face by a Chicago murder suspect.

The German shepherd, Riggs, who has served five years on the force, was in Chicago when he was shot during a police confrontation on Thursday by a suspect who allegedly killed two people.

"It has been a rough few days," said Deputy Terry Tifft, Riggs's handler. "He's family, he's always been ... He's a sweet dog, but he did his job, and he saved my life."

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Kenosha community members and officers gathered in Clausen Park on Sunday to welcome Riggs back home after his recovery from the veterinarian.

"The show of support from the community means more to me than you guys will ever know," Tifft said.

Riggs's close call began when a 25-year-old man was shot and killed at a bus stop in the Hermosa neighborhood Thursday, police said. The same suspect allegedly shot and killed another victim a block away and stole their car.

When officers confronted the armed suspect, he tried to flee, according to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. Riggs jumped into action, tackling the suspect before being shot in the forehead by the man.

Officers then shot the suspect in the abdominal and leg. The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment.

After being shot, Riggs "trotted off" and was taken to an Illinois emergency center, Beth said.

"In a lot of ways, he's a hero today. He took the suspect down and kept him from running onto Highway 50," Beth added. "Who knows if he would've tried to carjack someone on the highway."

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"They brought him in, we triage him, and they decided we just kind of had to see what was all going on," said Dr. Taylor Naef. "We stabilized him [and] he was a little shaky after taking a bullet to the head."

Tifft said that while he wants to continue working alongside Riggs, he is entitled to retire after suffering a gunshot wound.

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