- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The man who fatally stabbed an Oklahoma City police dog last month was shot multiple times while running away from the canine’s handler, according to a report from the state’s medical examiner.

The report was released Tuesday following the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Mark Salazar, of Blue Mound, Texas. The report said Salazar was shot six times: four times in the back, once in his left arm and once in his left thigh, The Oklahoman reported (https://bit.ly/ZLo6ms ).

Oklahoma City police have said the dog’s handler shot Salazar after trying to separate him from the dog, which caught up to Salazar following a chase, and seeing that Salazar was stabbing the dog with a knife. Police have said officers are instructed not to shoot a person who attacks a police canine, but officers can use lethal force when close to a person with a knife.

But the autopsy report said Salazar was running away when shots were fired.

“Decedent ignored the police warnings to stop and surrender,” the medical examiner’s report states. “Decedent got up and ran away from the officer, when shots were fired. Decedent dropped to the ground, lying prone.”

Police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson declined comment on the autopsy report, saying homicide investigators were reviewing it. After the investigators finish their report, it will be given to the Oklahoma County district attorney, Nelson said.

Nelson said the dog’s handler, Sgt. Ryan Stark, was placed on administrative leave after the shooting and is now on restricted duty.

Police said they were called to a business burglary, then pursued Salazar in a high-speed chase through two counties after he sped from the scene. Authorities said Salazar drove into a ditch, got out of his vehicle and fled before the dog was deployed.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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