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APD K9 Shot In Ear While Apprehending Suspect Expected To Recover

An Anderson Police K9 is recovering from apparently being shot by a fleeing suspect early Saturday morning. At 3:50AM an RPD Officer found a stolen Nissan Altima at Win-River Casino. The driver sped away and led a high speed chase south on Highway 273. When the car crossed over to the northbound lanes into oncoming traffic, the officer gave up the chase. Soon after that, an Anderson Police Officer saw the Nissan pulling out of the Hill Street neighborhood and another pursuit began. The chase went into Anderson and ended at the dead-end of Barney Road. The driver made a U-turn and drove toward the pursuing officers, running head-on into an APD patrol car. The driver took off on foot toward Anderson Creek and Chance the K9 was sent after him. The man, identified as 25-year-old Dillion James Sullivan of Paradise, reportedly fired a shot and struck Chance in his left ear, but that didn’t stop the dog. Chance took Sullivan to the ground, where he fought but was taken into custody. Sullivan was treated for his injuries before being booked into jail. An APD Officer was also injured. Sullivan has multiple prior assault and weapons convictions. He’s charged with several felonies, including attempted murder of a police officer. Chance is expected to make a speedy recovery.