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Services pending for Lathrop Police K-9 Niko

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POSTED July 25, 2009 2:20 a.m.
LATHROP – Niko was the K-9 partner of Deputy Ryan Biederman.

Rather than wait for an ambulance, the San Joaquin County sheriff of the Lathrop Police Department acted quickly when his canine partner was critically injured from a gunshot wound by a federal marshal that was part of a multiagency task force serving a fugitive warrant last Thursday.

Biederman rushed Niko to San Joaquin General where the emergency staff had been informed of the injured police dog.

Meanwhile, Medic 51 and Lathrop Manteca Fire Department were dispatched to the duplex in the 1200 block of Louise Avenue.
“When they arrived the K-9 unit had been taken from the scene by the officer (Biederman),” said Leonard Larsen, manager of the Manteca District Ambulance Service.

That’s contrary to an earlier report by the Bulletin that indicated that service for the police dog had been declined.

“On MDA’s part, ambulance response was never declined,” Leonard added. “The crew was advised and they were responding to an officer involved shooting with a K-9 unit down.”

The ambulance did transport the canine from the hospital to a local veterinarian, where Niko died about 90 minutes after the shooting incident.
The 6-year-old Dutch shepherd reportedly attacked the deputy marshal, causing what Sheriff spokesman Les Garcia called “friendly fire.”

He noted that the Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation on the dog biting incident while the U.S. Marshals Service is looking into the shooting.

Garcia said Friday that services for Niko are pending.

The multiagency task force arrested parolee Glen Hughes, 42, who was a suspect in several crimes including auto theft. A day earlier, he eluded police in a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle that took place in south Manteca and rural Ripon.
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