LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two K-9 officers with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are being honored with Purple Hearts for their heroic actions in separate incidents that could have claimed their lives.
K-9 Officer Kimura was stabbed in the neck in April 2020 after being brought by his handler to a scene involving a man with a machete.
“In my mind, I felt that if I did not deploy the dog probably somebody was going to get stabbed, one of my officers was going to get stabbed, or ultimately we would have to shoot the suspect,” said Officer Nick Bachman, Kimura’s handler.
When Kimura latch onto the suspect, the suspect stabbed him, leaving a nearly 6-inch deep hole. The suspect also bit the dog on the face.
Kimura underwent emergency surgery and was back on the job six weeks later.
Officer K-9 Hunter was also stabbed. In this case, 13 times in October 2019, when officers responded to a barricade situation near Eastern Avenue and Warm Springs Road.
The suspect Joseph Arquilla had climbed onto the roof of a building. When officers were finally able to get him to leave the roof, K-9 Hunter was used to help in the arrest. He was stabbed while helping take suspect Joseph Arquilla into custody.
K-9 Hunter underwent emergency surgery and did eventually return to duty.
In both cases, the suspects were charged with multiple felonies including mistreatment of a police animal.