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Saginaw — Police on Tuesday identified a man who was fatally shot after police said he stabbed one of the department's K-9 in the head Sunday.

The K-9, Deebo, was injured Sunday while protecting officers who responded to a hostage situation in the 600 block of Sheridan, the police chief said.

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The 48-year-old suspect was identified by police as Zane Blaisdell, who allegedly stabbed Deebo with a knife, according to the Associated Press.

Officers were called to Blaisdell's home in response to a dispute that escalated into a domestic situation and then into a hostage situation, Saginaw police said in a news conference Sunday.

Police said the male hostage, Blaisdell's partner, was being held in the home against his will, and was rescued before two officers went in with Deebo.

Blaisdell allegedly stabbed Deebo in the head with a knife that he had been brandishing, and Saginaw officers fired shots, killing him.

The investigation has been turned over to Michigan State Police.

Deebo, a 5-year-old German Shepherd trained in tracking and sniffing out narcotics, had a follow-up visit with a veterinarian Tuesday and is doing well, officials said. They said the dogunderwent surgery to repair torn muscles and has stitches. An external drainage tube was placed in his head to reduce pressure and swelling.

"Deebo appears to be in good spirits and just wants to play with his little brother, K-9 Emmett, however, due to restrictions, Debbo cannot play or return to work under the doctor's orders," the department said in a statement.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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