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UPDATE: Paradise Man Now in Jail for Shooting of Anderson Police K-9

UPDATED: Now this story includes a booking photo of the Paradise man charged in an Officer-Involved Shooting in Anderson, California. K-9 Officer Chance was shot in the ear early Saturday morning during a police pursuit.

Posted: Dec 29, 2018 9:45 AM
Updated: Dec 31, 2018 9:51 AM

Updated 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 -  Action News Now has received a photo of Dillion James Sullivan, age 25, of Paradise. Multiple charges have been turned over to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office for review.

These charges include attempted murder, assault, evading police, driving with a suspended drivers license and multiple drug and firearms charges. Also, there is a specific charge for assault on a police canine capable of committing death or serious injury.

Sunday Sullivan was released from a local hospital and was taken to the Shasta County Jail. Officers say the investigation of this case will continue over several more days.

Sullivan is a felon and is not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition.

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Updated 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 -  Redding Police Department were pursuing a driver in a 2018 Nissan Ultima that had been reported as stolen. The vehicle had been on the "hot sheet" for a couple of weeks, said Anderson Police Lt. Steve Blunk.

During an attempt to pull-over the vehicle, the driver swerved into the northbound lanes of Highway 273, heading south.  The Redding police officer discontinued the pursuit.

A second pursuit ensued by Anderson police down Highway 273 to Barney Street.

The vehicle continued southbound into the City of Anderson. The vehicle eventually traveled to the dead end of Barney Road. Once the vehicle reached the dead end the vehicle made a U-Turn and drove back towards the pursuing officers. The driver lost control of the vehicle on Barney Street, resulting in a head-on collision with a pursuing vehicle belonging to the Anderson Police Department. 

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Dillion James Sullivan, age 25, of Paradise, ran away from the vehicle towards Anderson Creek. Anderson Police Department K-9 Chance was deployed to apprehend Sullivan.

As Sullivan was fleeing from the officers, he fired at least one gun shot from a handgun, striking K-9 Chance in the left ear. K-9 Chance was undeterred by the gunshot wound and continued to attempt to apprehend Sullivan. K-9 Chance took Sullivan to the ground where he continued to violently resist. After a violent struggle Sullivan was taken into custody.

Sullivan was transported to a local area hospital for treatment prior to booking. An Anderson Police Officer was also transported to a local hospital for an injury he sustained while attempting to detain Sullivan.

A pistol was found at the scene where Sullivan was detained, as well as a shotgun in the trunk of the stolen vehicle.

A records check on Sullivan revealed him to be a convicted felon out of Butte County with prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and other weapons related offenses. Sullivan also recently discharged from Post Release Community Supervision.

A multi-agency investigation was initiated with members of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Redding Police Department, and the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.

Sullivan is being booked on charges of attempted murder on a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, evading a peace officer, unlawful discharge of a firearm, assault on a police canine, and several other felony charges.

K-9 Chance was transported to a local veterinary hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wound. K-9 Chance has since been released to recover at home and is expected to be back to work for his next regularly scheduled shift.

The Anderson Police Department is extremely proud of the bravery K-9 Chance displayed. Had K-9 Chance not been at the scene and not acted as heroically as he did, this incident could have turned into a tragedy, with a high potential for the loss of human life.

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Updated 12:50 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 - Action News Now reporter Elizabeth Zelidon spoke with Anderson Police Lt. Steve Blunk who confirmed that Officer Tyler Finch's K-9 dog Chance was part of an officer-involved shooting. It was first reported at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. (More details to follow)

Zelidon said Highway 273 is now open for traffic.

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ANDERSON, Calif. - Caltrans District 2 reports that Highway 273 is closed at South Street in Anderson due to an officer-involved shooting. (Click back here for details throughout the day)

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