SCOTTSDALE -- A Scottsdale police dog is recovering after being shot in the line of duty Saturday morning.
“He is so fast and so furious with how he works,” said Officer Tony Sanborn of his partner, Raider.
“The bullet severed his jugular vein and carotid artery which are two major blood vessels in the body,” said Dr. Reagan Wells, Raider’s vet.
Raider had apprehended Jason Prostrollo, who allegedly held a knife to a cab driver's throat and then got into a fight with the couple at their North Scottsdale home.
Police say when they responded Prostrollo, 25, was armed with a pool stick in each hand.
“He was swinging them around had them over his head making threatening gestures coming at the officers,” Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said. “He appeared to be intoxicated, aggressive and would not listen to their commands to stop.”
That's when Raider jumped into action.
“They work courageously and they do it for us because we ask them to, because I ask him to,” Sanborn said.
Raider bit Prostrollo, but police say he kept coming.
“They had the less lethal option the dog, that didn't work unfortunately he kept coming at our officer who had to fire,” Clark said.
Scottsdale police fired two shots. One shot hit Raider; the other killed Jason Prostrollo, a recon Marine who served two tours in Iraq.
Cindy McCain tweeted calling him a veteran and patriot.
“We have lots of unanswered questions and we are concerned about lethal force as the only option available," Prostrollo's family said in a statement.
The Scottsdale Police Department maintains that officer's did not have a choice.
“Although they had a Taser® they did not deploy it because of the wind and the situation wasn't right,” Clark said. “We used what was available to us; the dog that didn't work, unfortunately resulted in deadly force.”
The Scottsdale Police department and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office are reviewing the case.