Earnest Borders shoots police dog dead before cops fatally shoot him

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Earnest Borders shoots police dog dead before cops fatally shoot him

A Florida felon shot and killed a police dog while running away from cops, who then gunned him down, according to reports.

Lake Wales Police Chief Chris Velazquez said his department got a frantic 911 call around 5 a.m. Wednesday from a woman who said Earnest Borders had yanked her out of a car, slammed her head into the concrete, choked her and fired a gun before fleeing.

Borders, 57, later returned to the scene and saw officers waiting for him before he took off into a wooded area nearby, according to Fox 13.

Lake Wales police set up a perimeter and sent out their K-9, Max, to track Borders down.

The pursuing pooch quickly picked up the crook’s scent and clamped down on his ankle, with cops right behind him.

Borders pulled out his firearm and fatally shot Max at point-blank range, police said.

A Florida police officer poses for a photo with police dog Max.
Florida police officer Jared Joyner with police dog Max. The pooch was shot dead by a suspect this week.
Lake Wales Police Department

Lake Wales cops opened fire on Borders and he later died from his injuries, according to the outlet.

The grieving department held a memorial procession for Max Wednesday after the incident.

His handler, Officer Jared Joyner, placed the pooch in the back of a patrol car and drove from police headquarters to the medical examiner with colleagues following.

A mugshot of suspect Earnest Borders
Earnest Borders was fatally shot by police after the suspect shot the dog, police said.
Florida Department of Correction

Describing the dog as “fearless,” Velazquez said he joined the department in 2016 from the Netherlands at 21 months old.

“Officer Joyner lost a part of his family today,” Velasquez said. “This officer is extremely distraught. He’s heartbroken, and so are we.”

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Max’s death may have saved the life of an officer.

Police say bodycam footage shows the suspect pointing a stolen handgun and gas from the suspect firing the weapon
Police released bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of the suspect.
WTVT

“It crushes you because that K-9 died so the police officers wouldn’t,” he said. “He was the tip of the spear. What we lost today was one of our partners. Our K-9 Max died so no Lake Wales police officers would.”

Officials said Borders had 18 prior felonies on his rap sheet, including assault and grand theft.

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