- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a police dog prevented a Cheyenne officer from using lethal force against a suspect who had been assaulting the officer.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1Lk27cl ) the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois attacked 40-year-old Aventura Palomo Jr. Tuesday as Officer Lisa Koeppel was on her back getting struck in the face. Police spokesman Officer Dan Long says the dog’s quick response prevented a potentially fatal situation.

Koeppel had responded to a report of two men fighting when she came across Palomo and his 32-year-old brother, Adam Palomo.

Palomo Jr. allegedly attacked the officer, who then let the K9 loose from her patrol vehicle by pushing a button on her belt. The police dog charged the suspect, freeing Koeppel from the assault.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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