Placer County Deputies say a K9 injured during an officer-involved shooting earlier this year died on Thursday night after being diagnosed with "aggressive prostate cancer."

A tweet from the sheriff's office says K9 Eros was surrounded by his handler Deputy Kevin Thompson, his wife Bianca and the K9 unit when he died. 


Placer County Deputies say a K9 injured during an officer-involved shooting earlier this week was released from the vet's office Friday and will continue his recovery at home. 

Eros received cheers when he walked out of the vet's office. 

Deputies say 48-year-old Stanley Stepanski III of Florence, Montana was shot dead Tuesday night on I-80 west near the Highway 65 connector-ramp in Roseville. 

Deputies say they received a few 911 calls earlier that evening about a man driving his Dodge pickup truck recklessly in a Newcastle parking lot, where approximately 14 gunshots were heard.

They say numerous shots were fired from the suspect’s truck as it traveled along Rock Springs Road in Penryn, where one house was struck by gunfire. Authorities say 93-year-old Mary Toste was shot at her door and killed by the suspect.

They say the other gunshot victim was shot as he was driving in the area. He immediately drove to the Loomis Fire Station where he sought medical treatment and was transported to a nearby hospital. Another driver was shot at in Loomis, but was not struck.

Sheriff's officials say that as deputies moved in to arrest Stepanski, there was a "gun battle" and a police dog was wounded.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says K9 Eros was rushed to a vet for treatment.. 

Deputies say despite rumors, Stepansky III has no known connection to any of the victims or the area at this time.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating a shooting that happened at 'multiple locations' on Tuesday evening.

They said the suspect was located and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

They said drivers should avoid I-80 westbound at Highway 65 and the freeway is closed.

There is no other information available at this time.

This is a developing story.