By Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say a police dog is recovering after undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

Officer Simon Drobik said Friday a veterinarian removed a bullet from the dog’s spine.

According to Drobik, Rico was sent into search of a commercial property where there had been a reported burglary earlier in the day.

Drobik says police learned Rico, who was shot three times, was wounded when he came back out.

Police say they then heard gunfire and tried to make contact with a person who had attempted to evade officers.

Investigators then found a body of a male at the business.

Drobik says the cause of death isn’t available but officers did not fire any weapons during the incident.

He says the age and identity of the deceased aren’t yet available.

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