- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man who held police at bay for 25 hours with several guns, and fatally wounded an Omaha police dog, is being evaluated.

The standoff began late Friday in northwest Omaha. During the incident, police said the man fired at Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and killed a 9-year-old K-9 named Kobus.

Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler said the 59-year-old man resisted negotiation and withstood tear gas and having the utilities to his home cut off. He gave in after firefighters pumped water into his cold basement.

“He was tired of being wet and cold,” Wheeler said. “He finally had enough.”

Deputies were trying to serve a warrant ordering the man to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Wheeler said the man will likely face several felony charges, but he hadn’t been charged Sunday.

The police dog was killed around 4 p.m. Saturday after he was sent into the home. Wheeler said authorities thought the suspect had been disoriented by a flash-bang device before Kobus went inside.

Omaha Police said Kobus was scheduled to retire in the next few months. He was the first Omaha police dog killed since the department re-established the unit in 1996.

“The loss of our K-9 brings great sadness to the department and to his partner and handler, Officer Matthew McKinney,” Chief Todd Schmaderer said. “Kobus died in the line of duty in order to protect the lives of sworn law enforcement.”

Sgt. Steve Worley with Omaha’s K-9 unit said the department is giving McKinney time to grieve first before determining how to honor Kobus’ service.

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