Lt. Tim Schmidt tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/OTiNvQ) it could take at least a year for Bruno to fully recover from surgery to reconstruct his jaw and remove a bullet lodged in his chest.
The dog was wounded last Thursday. After Robert Moreno Jr. fired on probation officers, the 7-year-old German shepherd found the suspect in an apartment-complex courtyard, and the man shot the dog twice. Police then shot the 21-year-old Moreno, who died at the scene.
Schmidt described Bruno's actions during the shootout as heroic.
Bruno will continue to be cared for by his handler, Officer R.J. Young, after being retired.
Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com