ANTIOCH (CBS SF) – A family dog wounded while defending its home against a fleeing armed suspect of a stolen car died of its injuries late Monday, according to the Antioch Friends of Animal Services.
In a Facebook post, the Animal Services Organization shared the sad news that Oso had passed away.
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“We have very sad news about Oso, the innocent 8-year-old German Shepherd who was shot in the neck on Saturday afternoon in his garden by an escaping suspect involved in a police chase in Antioch,” the agency said With. “We learned tonight that Oso’s condition has worsened. His internal injuries were more severe than they could initially see after his emergency surgery: the bullet ricocheted off his spine and also caused severe nerve damage. Oso crossed the Rainbow Bridge with love. “
One suspect has meanwhile been in custody and a second remained free on Tuesday after they shot a passing vehicle and wounded Oso while escaping from Antioch and Oakley police on Saturday night.
Antioch police said a chase by Oakley police of a stolen car suspect leaked into downtown Antioch around 6:30 p.m.
In the city center, police said, someone fired at least one lap in the stolen vehicle and hit the vehicle of a driver driving by. Fortunately, this driver was not injured.
A short time later, the stolen vehicle crashed into a parked car, and the driver and passenger fled while officers used a sheriff’s helicopter to set up a search area in the area.
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The driver of the vehicle was caught a few blocks later and arrested without incident.
The second occupant of the vehicle fled on foot to a nearby courtyard on 3rd W. St. and was apparently armed with a pistol.
While jumping into a backyard, he was approached by Oso and shot him while the dog was defending his home in a backyard confrontation. The suspect then tried to gain entry to the house and eventually shot out the back sliding glass door while the homeowner and his 14-year-old son were in the living room.
They fled the front window of the house and escaped unharmed, while the suspect then ran upstairs and grabbed vehicle keys and green mechanic overalls before flinging from yard to yard on foot.
A Concord Police K9 team helped find the outstanding suspect but couldn’t find him.
Investigators said the general suspect was a white or Spanish man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and thin. He may be wearing a green mechanical overall dress and was last seen in the West Third St. and K St. area.
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Anyone with any information was asked to call the Antioch Police Department at (925) 778-2441 or the Oakley Police Department at (925) 646-2441.