Palm Beach K-9 officer saves handler from gunfire

JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida K-9 officer is recovering after he reportedly shielded his handler from gunfire.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Kasper was struck by a bullet during a standoff with a suspect but is expected to fully recover.

According to Fox 13, deputies went on to arrest 46-year-old Phillip Oshea for his alleged involvement in a shooting and robbery in Jupiter, Friday morning.

When deputies confronted Oshea, he opened fire on them, hitting Kasper as he protected his handler. Deputies returned fire, killing Oshea, who also had a warrant out for his arrest in North Carolina.

PBSO said Kasper was able to return home a day after the shooting.