SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The hero K9 that helped take down a man shooting at police in Olde Towne Slidell earlier this month got to show off his talents Thursday, taking a training bite out of another K9 handler and a reporter.
"Scout" the K9, along with his handler Officer Justin Stokes, demonstrated how invaluable a K9 unit is for a police department.
"Many things have changed with technology throughout the years with law enforcement, but one of the true things is a K9. They always have your back, their tracking tools, their sense tools, are amazing," Stokes said.
During the scary scene Friday night before Easter when a man shot a police officer, Stokes was able to hit a special "bailout" button that released Scout, who quickly caught the suspect.
"In an emergency situation where you need the dog, you press the bailout button and the driver side passenger door opens and allows the dog to exit the vehicle and come to you," Stokes said.
Stokes said the dog helps do things officers just can't accomplish and is willing to work any time of the day.
"It's a sense of comfort just knowing he's right there with you and knowing that he's gonna keep an eye on you while you keep an eye on him," Stokes said. "They work all the time, that's all they're about is their work drive."
And while many people are calling Scout a hero, his handler said it's all in a day's work.
"He just does what he's trained to do, simple as that," Stokes said.