Police: K-9 Officer Shot By Bank Robbery Suspect

Joseph Turner Taken Into Custody

A K-9 officer responding to a bank robbery in Anderson was shot and injured after the suspect fired shots at police, officials said.

State police said about 9:15 a.m., they were notified about a robbery at the PNC Bank in the 2900 block of Nichol Avenue in Anderson when an armed man walked into the bank and demanded money.

Witnesses said the man took off from the bank on a bicycle. Investigators called a K-9 officer to the scene to pick up on the man’s scent.

The K-9 officer led police to a nearby soybean field. Investigators released the K-9 officer into the field to capture the suspect who was hiding in the field. Police said the suspect, identified as Joseph Turner, fired shots at the K-9 officer before attempting to escape police on foot.

"The suspect popped out and showed himself. (The officer) let the dog off his leash and that's when (K-9) Magnum was fired on by the suspect,” said Anderson police officer Joel Sandefur.

Investigators said Magnum was shot in the face near his eyes and was rushed into surgery.

Police surrounded the field and Turner was eventually taken into custody at the Madison County Jail.

Sandefur said Magnum suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but may lose one of his eyes.

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