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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputy and K-9 deputy 'Ryker' were searching for a suspect that ran from a stolen car, when Ryker was attacked by a pit bull.

The deputy and Ryker were walking down a public street searching for the 13-year-old suspect when seemingly out of nowhere a pit bull slammed into Ryker, grabbing his leg in the process. The pit bull was attempting to knock Ryker down, according to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Commander Chuck Mulligan.

The deputy attempted to separate Ryker and pit bill and was bit in the process, Mulligan detailed. The deputy fired at the pit bull, which ran away. The deputy was not sure if a bullet struck the pit bill.

The deputy was treated at Flagler Hospital and was later released. Ryker is being treated at a local veterinarian and the extent of injuries are unknown at this point.

The teen suspect was able to get away.

Ryker is credited with tracking down a robbery suspect in early May.

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