Police K9 bites officer while responding to break-in
Champaign Police Officer Kristina Haugen is recovering after responding to a home break-in on Park Haven Court Friday night.
The initial report said Officer Haugen was attacked by the suspect, but new details explain how Haugen’s police dog also played a role in her injuries.
Video from the incident Friday night shows Haugen being taken away by an ambulance.
Officials said it all started when Haugen and her police dog, Cash, were first to arrive on the scene.
One suspect who was still in the home, Anthony Bailey, and allegedly pepper sprayed Haugen and her K9.
Police said Bailey then started body slamming the officer, trying to disarm her.
While this was happening, her K9 Cash bit Haugen in the leg.
“During the time where the suspect was attacking Officer Haugen, the K9 accidentally bit Officer Haugen on one of her legs and caused injuries on one of her legs,” Champaign Deputy Police Chief Troy Daniels said.
Officer Haugen is on paid leave, recovering from Friday night with her K9. The police department expects her to be back soon.
There were two suspects linked to the home break-in, and both are in custody.