Police dog improving after being shot

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Scottsdale police said a police dog that was shot during an officer-involved shooting Saturday will be released from the hospital Monday.

Police said a man was killed and Raider, the police dog, was injured during the shooting in the area of North 136th Street and East Via Linda Saturday morning.

According to Sgt. Mark Clark, a man and a woman were out drinking Friday night when they met Jason Edward Prostrollo, 25, at a bar.

The couple brought Prostrollo home to play pool, and at some point he allegedly began an argument and pulled out a knife.

Police were called, as well as a cab for Prostrollo. After leaving in the cab, Prostrollo reportedly pulled the knife on the cab driver and ordered the cab back to the couple's house. The driver complied and also called police, according to Clark.

Officers arrived and ordered everyone out of the house. The couple complied, however Clark said Prostrollo emerged wielding pool cues, behaving "incoherently," and not complying with officers' commands.

Raider was released to seize Prostrollo, and a lieutenant fired two shots. Both Prostrollo and the dog were hit.

Conditions were too windy for pepper spray or a stun gun, Clark said.

Prostrollo was pronounced dead at the scene. Clark said a knife was found on the suspect.

Clark said Raider was struck in the neck and was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Scottsdale police said Sunday afternoon that "Raider is improving every hour. He is standing up and moving about quite well for the severity of his injury. We anticipate him to recover from his wound. His duty status will be determined [as] his health improves. We will be publicly thanking the doctors who worked to save him in the next few days. "

No other officers were injured in the incident.

Prostrollo was arrested in 2010 for DUI, and last year for driving on a suspended license.

Clark said the lieutenant is a 19-year veteran of the Scottsdale Police Department.

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