A deputy with the St. Tammany Sheriff's Department (Louisiana) credits his K9, Thor, with saving his life after a knife-wielding burglary suspect attacked the deputy.
The incident began after deputies initiated a search for two burglary suspects. When they searched an abandoned barn in the area the suspect, identified as 30-year old Darien Greenwood, jumped out from a pile of debris and assaulted the officer with a knife.
Thor lunged toward the suspect, preventing him from stabbing the deputy. Instead, the suspect stabbed Thor multiple times in the shoulder and neck area.
Deputies shot and killed the suspect.
"The deputy believes, had it not been for the K9 Thor, this individual would have killed him...His exact words to me were that this K9 Thor pulled him away, and that's when he started stabbing K9 Thor," stated St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain.
Thor had to undergo emergency surgery and required a blood transfusion but veterinarians are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
This wasn't the first brush with death for Thor. Last year, after Thor tracked down another burglary suspect, 33-year old John Edward Green, the suspect dragged Thor into a nearby river and attempted to drown the K9. In that incident, arriving deputies managed to subdue the suspect and save Thor from drowning.