GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a suspect stabbed a police dog repeatedly as an hourslong standoff in northwest Grand Rapids drew to a close early Monday morning.

The dog, named Eli, sustained eight stab wounds and was seriously hurt but was recovering later Monday.

Around 8 p.m. Sunday in the area of Leonard Street and Walker Avenue, police started looking for a 24-year-old man who was wanted for felonious assault, Grand Rapids Police Department Capt. Terri Dixon said. When officers found the suspect around 8:30 p.m., GRPD said, he barricaded himself in his home, where he fired gunshots. Police do not know what the targets were or if he was trying to shoot at the officers.

The street was shut down. Neighbors in the immediate vicinity were asked to stay in their homes. A News 8 crew on scene saw multiple GRPD, Kent County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police cruisers with flashing lights. The crew also saw an armored SWAT vehicle, an officer with a long gun, a dog and a drone.

Around 11:30 p.m., a News 8 crew on scene saw a man climb out onto the roof through a window, where he had stayed for some time. He went back inside, then went back out onto the roof. Police were overheard shouting instructions at him, including telling him to ‘drop the knife.’

Chief Eric Winstrom said the man fired multiple shots before going back inside.

“We had obtained warrants to go into the house, we had thrown a phone into the house, we were messaging with loudspeakers to please come out and talk to us. No response. If anything, he would come to the window and taunt the police, taunt his neighbors,” Winstrom told News 8.

Just before 3:30 a.m. Monday, authorities fired tear gas into the house and a short time later sent the police dog inside. Dixon said the dog was stabbed by the suspect, who was eventually taken into custody.

K-9 Eli was taken to an animal hospital with eight stab wounds, including two that punctured his lung. After surgery and a blood transfusion, the police department said the dog was recovering.

K9 Eli is recovering after he was stabbed eight times. (Courtesy of GRPD)

The police chief says the dog did not back down even after being stabbed. Winstrom watched a video feed as the dog went into the home.

“As soon as the handler realized that this individual was stabbing him, (the handler) called the dog back, the dog still ran back and even the handler told me the dog still wanted to be back in the fight. Bleeding profusely, the handler picked the dog up, carried him to a vehicle and they took him to the 24-hour emergency hospital on Plainfield,” Winstrom said.

Winstrom later visited Eli at the animal hospital while the dog was receiving care. The chief said Monday it was too soon to know if the dog will be able to return to work.

The suspect, a 24-year-old Grand Rapids man, was bitten by the dog and taken to the hospital for treatment. After treatment, Dixon said the suspect would be taken to jail. His name was not released Monday.

— News 8’s Byron Tollefson contributed to this report.