Michigan State Police have identified a man killed during a hostage situation in Saginaw.

Police said it began when a neighbor called to report an incident in the 600 block of Sheridan Road about 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth said what started as a domestic situation turned into a hostage situation when officers arrived.

Zane Blaisdell, 48, from Saginaw, was killed when officers entered the home to rescue the hostage.

Police said officers shot Blaisdell after he stabbed K9 Officer Deebo in the head.

"If you injure one of our canines, it's like injuring one of our officers," Ruth said. "One of our canines, which essentially to me is a K9 Officer, Deebo, was injured. Deebo was stabbed in the head, excuse me, in the head."

Deebo was rushed to a local veterinary hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

As of Feb. 11 Deebo still has some swelling due to the trauma, and muscles that were torn from the knife had to be surgically corrected. He has multiple stitches internally and externally, along with a drain tube to reduce pressure and swelling. But he is home recovering.

SLIDESHOW: Saginaw K9 Officer Deebo

Michigan State Police say he will take some time off to heal and is expected to return to duty.

"I think he's going to be OK. You never know in these situations until everything comes out. Could get worse overnight, could get better. I'm hoping for the best," Ruth said.

The hostage did not suffer any injuries.

Officials are not releasing the identity of the hostage at this time. The relationship between the suspect and the hostage is unknown, but officials believe the two were friends.

Two officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Michigan State Police took over the investigation.

The Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the incident.

The Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association (SVPCA) is collecting donations for Officer Deebo on their Facebook Page. If you would like to donate, click here

CLICK HERE for a statement from the SVPCA on Saginaw's K9 Officers

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Saginaw Police said they have received many well wishes and support from people from the community and beyond. They want to extend their sincerest gratitude for all of the support they've received, and want to thank Great Lakes Pet Emergencies for their care of Deebo. 

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