Glendale Police identifies officer, K9 involved in deadly Phoenix shooting

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- On Friday, Glendale Police officials released the identity of an officer and his K-9 officer who were involved in a deadly shooting Tuesday.

According to earlier statements, 23-year-old Skyler Martin, who walked away from a supervised off-site Department of Corrections work crew at the Maricopa County Animal Shelter in February, was located by officers with the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force at a home near the 2700 block of E. Baseline Road in Phoenix.

Martin, according to the statement, made contact with a uniformed Glendale K-9 officer and his K-9 partner, after he fled from a home and climbed over a backyard wall onto the south side of Baseline. Martin then fired a weapon at the officer and the K-9, and in response, the officer returned fire.

On Friday, the officer was identified as Wes Zygmont, and his K-9 partner was identified as Mick. Mick, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois who has been with Glendale police for four years, was taken to an animal hospital and underwent surgery for two separate gunshot wounds.