K9 Officer Kasper Stable After Taking Bullet For Partner During Shootout

Lucy Bush
May 14, 2017

Philip Oshea, 46, pictured, was being chased by police early Friday morning after he robbed a bar around 4am. He was wanted for robbing a suburban bar in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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The three deputies in the shootout were not struck by the bullets - but Kasper did take a shot to the side, saving the life of his handler, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said. That officer has already been released from the hospital, the sheriff's office said.

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PBSO K9 Kasper was shot while protecting his K9 partner, whom the bullet was meant for, according to the Sheriff's Office. The suspect then fled the scene and a short pursuit ensued but the robbery suspect crashed and overturned in nearby Jupiter, Florida. The suspect crashed his auto and got into his first shootout of the day, with one deputy getting hurt while diving for cover, the newspaper reported. Oshea led deputies on a chase to an industrial area where he crashed his vehicle and then shot at them. He was recovering after undergoing surgery Friday night. Deputies caught up with Oshea later Friday about 20 miles away in Jupiter and again got into a shootout, according to multiple local media accounts.

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Florida state law enforcement agents will investigate, as is customary for officer-involved shootings.

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