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ANAHEIM OFFERS UPDATE TO K9 BRUNO’S RECOVERY AND INSIGHT INTO LAST WEEK’S OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING
ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 28, 2014) Bravery, training and skill are the hallmarks of law enforcement. Whether a human or K9 officer, thousands of hours go into training to protect and serve the community from danger and to keep residents safe.
Last week the Anaheim Police Department was involved in an officer-involved shooting while assisting Orange County Probation officers. On Thursday afternoon, March 20, two probation officers approached three men on a routine probation check. One complied, but two fled and it is believed at least one of them opened fire. The probation officers were not injured, but they immediately called Anaheim Police for help.
As one of the suspects fled, he confronted a woman who was unloading groceries with her children, ages eight and 10. The suspect brandished the gun at the children and threatened to kill them if they called police.
The SWAT team responded, including Officer RJ Young and his K9 partner Bruno. Bruno located the suspect either inside or behind a black trash can with a lid. The suspect opened fire, striking Bruno in the face. Three Anaheim Police officers were standing behind Bruno, also in the line of fire, and even though they were fired upon, they were not struck.
The suspect, Robert Andrew Moreno, a gang member from the City of Orange and 10 days released from prison, lost his life. He was 21-years-old.
Following the unrest of 2012, the Anaheim Police Department instituted a policy where it would visit family members following an officer-involved shooting to answer any questions they can and provide them with information about the process that follows, including the District Attorney’s Office investigation.
Early Friday morning, police, a counselor, a District Attorney’s Office investigator and a Coroner’s official met with Moreno’s mother and aunt for about an hour.
As has been seen across the world, Bruno was severely injured. The bullet entered Bruno’s jaw, exited out and reentered Bruno’s chest cavity, missing his heart by only an inch. He has undergone two successful surgeries, the first of which required removing part of his lung. Today, the breathing tube was removed, which indicates his repaired lung is now working properly. Surgeons also reattached the bottom portion of his tongue, which will enable him to drink and eat with greater ease.
The Anaheim Police Department will continue its community outreach, to both youth and adults, by offering programs, community meetings and information for safer and more unified neighborhoods.
In addition, the City recently announced the formation of a pilot Public Safety Board, which will include the opportunity for residents to review items such as police and fire practices. More information can be found by clicking here.
To learn more about Bruno’s recovery and the Anaheim Police Department please visit www.anaheim.net/police.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.