A well-trained Belgian Malinois is being lauded as a hero after he rescued his handler, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department deputy Todd Frazier, from an attack this week.

According to the Clarion Ledger, on the evening of Monday, May 25, Frazier approached a parked vehicle when two men came out of the nearby woods and captured him.

Threatening him with what police believe to have been a box cutter, the two men and the man who was in the parked vehicle reportedly dragged the deputy towards the woods.

But first, Frazier was able to press a button on a device around his neck that opened the back doors to his police car, releasing his K9 partner, Lucas. The Belgian Malinois bite at least one of the suspects, the paper reported, who all fled the scene.

Police are searching for the men, who escaped in a blue Lincoln Town Car. 

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