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Hero police dog fights for life after being shot several times as it charged towards gunman who opened fire at cops during police siege in Germany

  • Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog was sent in as police closed in on alleged killer
  • But the suspect, holed up in old barracks near Dresden, then shot the animal
  • Police say the ex soldier, 33, named as Robert K., later turned gun on himself
  • Pictures show an elite officer carrying injured police dog away from the scene 

A hero police dog is fighting for life after being shot several times as it charged towards a gunman who opened fire at officers during a police siege in Germany.

The specially trained Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog had been sent in to an empty army barracks near Dresden as cops closed in on an alleged killer, named as Robert K.

Having already wounded an elite officer, the 33-year-old former soldier then opened fire on the police dog with his Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum, hitting the animal several times in the stomach as it ran towards him.

Police later said Robert K., who was accused of stabbing his pensioner neighbour, 75, to death had turned the weapon on himself.

Pictures show a GSG 9 elite police officer carrying the injured dog away from the scene. 

A hero police dog is fighting for life after being shot several times as it charged towards a gunman who opened fire at officers during a police siege in Germany. Pictures show a GSG 9 elite police officer carrying the injured dog away from the scene.

A hero police dog is fighting for life after being shot several times as it charged towards a gunman who opened fire at officers during a police siege in Germany. Pictures show a GSG 9 elite police officer carrying the injured dog away from the scene.

The animal is now being treated for serious injuries having been fighting for life since Monday.

Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar, 58, said he hoped that the hero dog 'comes through' but Saxony's Interior Minister Roland Wöller said it was 'unclear' whether he would survive.

According to Bild, the drama had started after a dispute with neighbours who complained to police about the noise coming from Robert K.'s flat in Dresden-Kaditz.

He is said to have found the incident so humiliating that he decided to take revenge on his neighbour and police.

The Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog had been sent in to an empty army barracks near Dresden as cops closed in on an alleged killer, named as Robert K. (pictured)

The Malinois Belgian Shepherd Dog had been sent in to an empty army barracks near Dresden as cops closed in on an alleged killer, named as Robert K. (pictured)

On Saturday, pensioner Marita M. was stabbed to death in her apartment with Robert K. apparently suspecting her of having called police. 

But his suspicions proved incorrect with media reports saying she had not been the one who alerted authorities.

Police launched a hunt for his VW and eventually received a tip about where he was hiding – an abandoned military base north of Dresden.

An officer and the police dog were injured as shots were fired while negotiations with the gunman proved unsuccessful. 

Eventually a robot was sent into the building and the shooter's lifeless body was discovered. Police said he was found with two backpacks containing food and ammunition. 

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