A suspect in a Mandeville-area burglary who authorities said tried to stab a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and injured a K-9 dog died Tuesday at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond after two deputies shot him.
St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain said deputies responded to a call from a resident who surprised two burglars at her home off La. 1088 about 12:30 p.m. He said she was able to describe their vehicle, a Chevrolet sedan, and deputies spotted the car on La. 59.
The two men jumped out of the car near Strain Road north of Koop Drive, one heading north, the other south.
The man who fled north was caught within minutes, Strain said, but deputies spent 41/2 hours searching for the other man.
Eventually, Thor, a Belgian Malinois, alerted his handler near an abandoned barn off Armel Drive. But when they entered the barn, the man came at the deputy with a 4- to 6-inch knife, Strain said.
The dog pulled the man off the deputy, but the man stabbed the dog, which needed surgery .
Two deputies fired at the man, who was taken to North Oaks, where he later died.
If not for the dog, Strain said, the man would have stabbed the deputy.
The two deputies who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave.
The unidentified man’s death comes about a month after that of Lucien Rolland, who was killed in a shootout with officers from several agencies in Slidell after leading deputies on a chase from St. Tammany to Orleans Parish and then back to the north shore.