They don’t call dogs man’s best friend for nothing. They are one of the most intelligent, empathetic animals on the planet and that’s why they are used to complete a variety of important jobs – like sniffing out illegal substances and, of course, protecting police officers.

Unfortunately, because it’s a cop’s job to ensure that the law is upheld, many officers are a target for gangs who want to make their power in particular areas known. It was for this reason that Deputy Todd Frazier from Long Beach, Mississippi, was targetted.

Check out the video below to for the lowdown on how his brave dog saved his life:

Frazier unknowingly fell for a gang’s trap when he was out on patrol and noticed a man who appeared to be unconscious at the wheel of his car in a layby. He pulled up to the vehicle and that’s when he was distracted by two men while a third attacked him from behind.

The deputy was then dragged into the woods by the three men. As he struggled to get away, he heard one of them say that he was going to “slit his throat”. Realizing that his life was in danger, he managed to get ahold of his keychain and unlock the canine compartment of his car.

“They told him they were going to slit his throat, and they were dragging him toward the woods,” Chief Deputy Don Bass said.

That’s when Frazier’s police dog, Lucas, sprang into action to save his life.