Police officer says family dog saved their lives during home invasion

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (WTKR) -- After a warrant was served Tuesday morning, a total of four people are behind bars for a crime that occurred Sunday night.

Lundon Starke, 18, was taken into custody after the S.W.A.T. unit in Virginia Beach surrounded his home.

Starke is charged with cruelty to animals, discharging a firearm in a public place, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm.

Starke was denied bond as he went before the court representing himself, asking for bail. He was appointed an attorney by the court and will be back in front of a judge for preliminary hearing in February.

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A pit bull, named Zulu, was shot in the stomach as he chased  several break-in suspects from his family's home.

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Lundon Starke, 18, is charged with cruelty to animals, discharging a firearm in a public place, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm.

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Officer Scurry said his dog, Zulu, protected him, his cousin and 7-year-old daughter during a home break-in.

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The other people were arrested in relation to the break-in of a Virginia Beach police officer's house that happened this weekend, but their identities are not being released because they are juveniles.

News 3's Rachael Cardin spoke to Officer Scurry on Wednesday and he said his dog, Zulu, saved his life. Scurry said when the break in happened only he, his cousin and 7-year-old daughter were home. Scurry said the crooks barely made it up the stairs before Zulu chased them out. Zulu was shot in the stomach area and had to be treated but is expected to come home tomorrow.

None of the people home were hurt and Scurry credits Zulu's bravery.

There is a fundraising effort for Zulu at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital and also a GoFundMe page set up for donations to help the family cover Zulu's medical expenses.

Starke is expected to appear in court for an arraignment at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Stay with News 3 for updates on this story.

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