Lakeland Police K9 stabbed during pursuit of suspect

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A Lakeland Police Department K9 is recovering from stab wounds received during pursuit of a suspect early Saturday.

  • Reuben Smith, 42, facing assault charges
  • Suspect reportedly strangled a female victim Friday
  • K9 stabbed while pursuing suspect through wooded area

Officials say Canine Officer Jeremy Williams, along with his K9 partner Hyde, were pursuing Rueben Smith, 42 when the stabbing occurred. Smith had fled into a wooded area near I-4 in order to elude officers pursuing him.

Officer Williams and Hyde were tracking Smith when they were separated, according to investigators. When Williams found Hyde, the K9 was being held down by Smith and had been stabbed twice, once in the left front leg and once in the left side chest.

Hyde’s injuries required sutures, but appeared to be non life-threatening. The K9 was released after treatment.

Photo: Lakeland Police Department

Smith continued to resist officers as they took him into custody.

In addition to facing charges for resisting arrest and injuring a police dog, he’s also charged with a number of other crimes stemming from an incident on Friday. According to Rachel Rios, 24, Smith strangled Rios with a dog collar in a Lakeland hotel room until she lost consciousness.

Rios told officers that when she woke up, Rios attempted to strangle her again. She was able to break free, however, and fled the room.

Bay News 9 – news

July 30, 2016 |

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