(WSMV News 4) – A police K9 was shot and killed during a police chase near San Antonio, Texas.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death of K9 Chucky, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, in a Facebook post.
“K9 Chucky was struck by gunfire from the suspect and has passed away. We are deeply saddened by the loss of K9 Chucky and our hearts are with his handler and his family at this time,” the post read.
The incident began with a routine traffic stop, but the 38-year-old suspect had multiple outstanding warrants and ended up leading authorities from several departments on a police chase.
During the pursuit, which lasted about 30 minutes, the suspect fired several shots at officers. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told KSAT he heard several reports about the man going live on Facebook during the pursuit.
At one point, he left his pickup truck and fled on foot, firing more shots at officers and firing wildly into the air while a police helicopter pursued him, authorities said.
K9 Chucky was sent in to apprehend the suspect. Salazar said that K9 Chucky was able to bite the man before he fired several shots at the dog. K9 Chucky died at the scene.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said officers then returned fire, striking the suspect several times.
The suspect received several gunshot wounds to his lower body and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
The suspect’s name has not yet been released. Salazar told KSAT the suspect will face several charges, including attempted capital murder, deadly conduct and evading arrest.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has changed its Facebook cover photo to honor K9 Chucky. The department said there will be a funeral for the dog.