JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -The Jonesboro officer involved in the shooting of a K9 officer has been suspended.
According to a Facebook post issued by the Jonesboro Police Department, Chief Rick Elliott issued a written reprimand and a one-day suspension to K9 handler because the dog, “Rocket,” was not leashed in accordance to policy.
Elliott announced the reprimand and suspension without pay for Officer Jason Myers after an internal investigation was completed on May 14.
The incident took place on April 30 when Myers let Rocket off his leash for a short break, following a course of training on the firing line.
Training Sergeant John Porbeck was test-firing a gun when the gunshot alerted the dog. It responded as it has been trained to do.
As Rocket ran toward the source of the gunfire, he failed to respond to verbal commands from his handler.
The dog lunged at Porbeck, but Porbeck dodged him. When the dog attempted to re-engage, he was shot in the shoulder.
After reviewing the investigation, Elliott determined Myers should not have allowed the dog off its leash.