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Blade the K9 cop recovering from gunshot wounds

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — A police dog wounded last week by gunfire following a Gary traffic stop is back with his handler following two surgeries.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Mark Back says the 6-year-old Dutch shepherd, named Blade, was released over the weekend from the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital in West Lafayette.

Blade underwent two surgeries for a gunshot wound to his head and mouth and is now back home with the Lake County sheriff’s officer who’s his handler.

That officer stopped a vehicle on Jan. 18 in Gary, but the driver and passenger fled on foot.

Police say the officer and Blade pursued the passenger, 18-year-old Marquis Thomas, who wounded Blade when he opening fire during the pursuit.

The officer returned fire, wounding Thomas. He died Thursday at a Chicago hospital.