Stryker, a six-and-a-half year old police dog in San Diego, made the ultimate sacrifice.
When Stryker’s handler tried to pull over a motorist, the man refused to stop and a police chase began. The man ran a red light, hit another vehicle, and continued to evade authorities.
During the chase, the driver got out of his truck and Stryker was released to chase the man.
The dog bit the man and took the suspect down, but then the man got up and jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and took Stryker down with him. The two fell into the cold ocean water 200 feet below.
Stryker did not survive the fall. His body was recovered from the water. The man was rescued from the water and taken to the hospital.
A California Highway Patrol dispatcher said the suspect will be charged with causing Stryker’s death, driving under the influence and evading police. A felony charge of causing the dog’s death alone could include up to a four-year prison sentence.
Stryker had served with the Oceanside Police Department for more than five years.
Source: San Diego Union Tribune