PORTLAND, Ore. - David Bell never thought his black lab, Odin, would turn out to be a hero when Odin started barking around 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Bell spotted someone through the darkness and yelled at the man running through his yard.
David Bell recalls, “You know,’ who are you? I see you.’ Whatever it was I was yelling. And that's where I should have left it.”
Bell found the doors on his car and truck left open and.the stuff inside rifled through. He knew whoever it was headed up the street near his home. He was worried for his neighbors.
Bell had no idea that the man had run from a crash on nearby Capitol Highway, or that police say the man had already shot and wounded an officer and shot and killed a police dog.
Bell says the man came running up this road away from his house. Bell confronted the man. That's when the man raised up an assault rifle and aimed it straight at him.
“And said something to the effect of 'I don't want to do this but I will shoot you.' And that's where I say 'you don't need to do this, hold on, calm down,'” said Bell. “And he lowered the gun and just started apologizing saying 'sir, I'm sorry. I don't know what I'm doing.' He said 'I'm hit.' And I could tell he had blood, or at least it was dark, a dark spot on his face.”
Bell told the gunman he'd already called police, even though that wasn't true.
“He was apologizing,” Bell says. “He, at one point, he said - he asked if, if I could call the police back and tell them not to come. And I was like 'it just doesn't work that way!'"
The man ran off.
Bell later learned Officer Jeff Dorn had been wounded, and his K9 partner Mick was dead.
Bell says his bond with his dog Odin is now stronger than ever, and he realizes the K-9 officer killed in the line of duty brings even deeper loss.
“My dog passing away would be really sad,” Bell said. “But for the officers, this is a partner. And then, for that one officer, that's his partner. And that, that was really hard. That was hard.”