STOCKTON (CBS SF) — A Stockton police dog stabbed by a man eventually killed by officers  is recovering at a Sacramento emergency vet clinic, police said Wednesday.

Police received a call from a resident Tuesday afternoon who reported an allegedly drunk and drugged man kicking in the front door. When officers arrived,  they saw the suspect at the end of the hallway trying to force his way into a bedroom where the residents had barricaded themselves.

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Police said their canine Rocky, a five year veteran, was sent to apprehend the man after he refused to surrender. The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Patrick Wetter, stabbed the dog in the shoulder area then raised the knife over his head in a “threatening manner” to the two officers standing nearby, according to police.

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Police then fired their handguns, striking Wetter several times before he fell to the ground with the knife still in his hand. After officers and medics attempted CPR, Wetter was pronounced dead at the residence.

The 6-year-old Dutch Shepherd was taken to an emergency vet in Stockton for his stab wound then transferred to a vet in Sacramento for further observation and treatment.

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