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Man Faces 11 Years In Prison After Shooting Police Dog

A man from Paradise has been found guilty by a Shasta County jury of 15 felony counts from a chase that ended with an Anderson Police dog getting shot through the ear. Very early the morning of December 29th an RPD Officer found a stolen Nissan Altima at Win-River Casino. The driver, 26-year-old Dillion Sullivan, sped away and led a chase south on Highway 273 at more than 110 miles an hour with no headlights on. When the car crossed over to the northbound lanes into oncoming traffic, the officer gave up the chase. Soon after that, an Anderson Police Officer saw the Nissan pulling out of the Hill Street neighborhood and another pursuit went into Anderson, ending at the dead-end of Barney Road. Sullivan made a U-turn and drove toward the pursuing officers, running head-on into an APD patrol car. Sullivan then took off on foot toward Anderson Creek and Chance the K9 was sent after him. When he got under the bridge, Sullivan turned and fired a shot and the bullet made a hole through Chance’s left ear, but that didn’t stop the dog. Chance took Sullivan to the ground, where he fought and beat on the dog, but was taken into custody. Sullivan was treated for his injuries before being booked into jail. An APD officer was also injured. Sullivan has multiple prior assault and weapons convictions. He was convicted Thursday of charges including attempted murder of a peace officer, causing injury to a police dog, and 13 other felony counts from that incident. Sullivan returns to court for sentencing in January, when he could get around 11 years in state prison. Chance recovered quickly from his bullet wound.