A specially trained police dog accidentally fired a gun into a home in Lawrence, Mass. while searching for the stolen firearm in a nearby snowbank.
The stolen firearm was reportedly buried in a snowbank by one of three suspects who were being sought by police. K-9 Ivan was called to the scene shortly after the incident occurred early Saturday morning.
An officer was reportedly parked on a local street when he heard three gunshots. He pulled around to the front of the building and saw three males driving away.
The suspects noticed they were being followed and attempted to flee at a high rate of speed. At an intersection , the driver pulled over and 28-year-old Jose Calderon jumped out of the backseat, ran to the opposite side of the road, and began to bury something in the snow. Calderon then went back to car.
Police ordered Calderon and 21-year-old Alexander Gonzalez and 26-year-old Jorge Henriquez out of the vehicle. In the backseat of the car, police found a bullet casing.
According to the newspaper, Ivan then went over to the snowbank and began to paw at the snow. It is believed the dog hit the trigger with his paw discharging a bullet into a home. Officers woke up the residents of the home to make sure no one had been hurt.
Calderon, Gonzalez, and Henriquez were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, receiving a firearm with a defaced serial number, and receiving stolen property.
Henriquez was additionally charged with speeding, and Calderon was also charged with discharging a firearm within 150 feet of a highway and carrying a firearm without a license.
All three suspects are scheduled for arraignment Monday in Lawrence District Court