Q: Lawful to Shoot Suspect to Protect K9? A: Nope
Q: Lawful to Shoot Suspect to Protect K9? A: Nope

About a month ago the Tuscon AZ SWAT team, partnered with a police K9, took down a felony suspect.

In the course of the arrest the suspect retrieved a pistol.

At one point the pistol was pointed directly at the head of the K9 attacking the suspect.

The suspect was shot and killed by the rifle-armed SWAT team.