Autopsy: Man who shot police dog killed himself during standoff

Created: 06/12/2014 11:10 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Office of the Medical Investigator confirms that a man who shot a police dog during a SWAT standoff in March killed himself.

Dale Lusian, 56, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the autopsy report. The manner of death is listed as suicide. The OMI also identified that Lusian had injuries from bean bag rounds and a police dog.

On March 21, APD said Lusian hid from police in a storage unit after burglarizing vehicles in a tow yard on San Pedro near Alameda.

During the standoff, K-9 Rico went into the storage unit and was shot three times. Rico was then rushed to a veterinarian to undergo emergency surgery. The police dog survived and was sent home for recovery with his handler.

According to police, Lusian had an active warrant for absconding from parole out of Arizona. He was in prison there for a number of years until his release to parole in 2003.

Dale Lusian, 56.
K-9 Rico survived his injuries from the shooting.

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