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ST. GEORGE — Police on Friday identified a man suspected of shooting a police dog in Washington County in August.
Alvie Jared Grover, 55, was formally charged with seven felonies and one misdemeanor in Fifth District Court on Friday, according to a press release from the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
On Aug. 29, Grover allegedly shot 7-year-old Washington County K-9 officer Tess while she was trying to apprehend him after a carjacking incident in Santa Clara, a St. George suburb.
Grover, a St. George resident, allegedly assaulted a person and stole a truck at around 10 p.m. Aug. 29. Officers found him after he crashed the truck following a brief police chase.
Grover initially refused to get out of the truck, but when he opened the door, Tess jumped into the cab. Grover allegedly then fired several handgun shots that struck Tess in the head.
K9 Tess happy to be headed home. pic.twitter.com/nto98OaRyl— Washington Co SO, UT (@washeriff) August 30, 2017
Officers at the scene then opened fire and struck Grover several times. He remains in a local hospital Friday night, officials said.
Tess was taken to a clinic in Las Vegas, and by the next day was headed home safely.
Grover’s charges include felony aggravated robbery, theft of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, theft of property, criminal mischief, injuring or interfering with a police service animal, failure to respond to officer’s signal to stop and misdemeanor reckless driving.
Grover's bail was set at $100,000 cash only.
Contributing: Pat Reavy