Good dog: California K-9 tracks down police shooting suspect, earns cheeseburger as reward

LOS ANGELES — Now that’s a good dog.

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A Los Angeles police K-9 has earned a tasty treat after she helped locate a suspect accused of opening fire at a California Highway Patrol officer Monday night, according to KNBC-TV.

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“Each time we get a find, we get the dog a cheeseburger,” LAPD Sgt. Desi Ehrlich told the news station of Piper, a 4-year-old bloodhound who helped bring a 12-hour manhunt for Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi to a close Tuesday.

The search began after a 27-year-old CHP officer was shot while making a traffic stop in Studio City shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The suspect fled the scene before crews rushed the officer to a nearby hospital, where he remains in “critical but stable condition,” CBS News reported.

The CHP and Los Angeles police later tracked down a Ford Fusion tied to Khosroabadi at a Van Nuys apartment complex, according to KCBS-TV. Although investigators initially believed the 33-year-old suspect was hiding in an apartment, only his roommate was inside, authorities told the news outlet.

After a SWAT team searched but was unable to find the suspect for 12 hours, authorities turned to their four-legged colleague for assistance, KNBC reported. Piper picked up Khosroabadi’s scent at the complex and traced him to a tent on Haskell Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to CBS News. Police arrested Khosroabadi, who was expected to face a charge of attempted murder of a police officer, officials said.

“The dog did a phenomenal job,” Ehrlich told reporters, according to CBS News.

In addition to her cheeseburger – In-N-Out is the pooch’s favorite, one officer tweeted – Piper will receive one more award.

“Piper gets praised with a lot of love,” Ehrlich said, according to KNBC. “Bloodhounds are very loving dogs, so the handler gives the dog a lot of love.”