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Wounded Anaheim Police Dog Set to Go Home

Bruno, the Anaheim police dog shot in the face during a confrontation with an armed suspect, will go home Friday after weeks of medical treatment.

The Yorba Regional Animal Hospital is expected to hold a press conference to discuss Bruno's recovery and retirement, said the Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Assn.

The dog's partner, Officer R.J. Young, said he would be taking Bruno home and take over his medical expenses. A series of fundraisers have been launched to help offset the costs.

Bruno suffered a shattered jaw and damaged lung when a gunman opened fire during a confrontation with officers in an alleyway March 20.

The suspect, a 21-year-old man who was being sought on a possible probation violation, was shot and killed by police during the encounter.

The German shepherd was shot as two Orange County probation officers went to a home in the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue.

The suspect they were looking for was with two men who fled as authorities approached. One of the men shot at officers multiple times, Anaheim police said.

During a subsequent search, Bruno found one of the men hiding near a trash can. The suspect then fired on officers and Bruno, striking the dog in the face, according to Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect, later identified as Robert Moreno Jr., 21.

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