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UPDATE: MMLPD K9 shot Friday night remains in stable condition, breathing tube removed

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

Editors Note: Photo is a stock photo and not a photo of the K9 dog that was shot.


- Pullman, WA

MLPD just recently posted an update regarding one of their K-9s that was shot during an officer involved shooting near the Knolls Vista neighborhood of Moses Lake earlier this weekend. MLPD's Facebook post stated the following,

"The staff at WSU veterinary hospital were able to take the dog outside where he walked unassisted for a short period of time before getting tired and sitting down. When he was brought back inside, he was feeling spunky enough to growl at the other dogs in the facility. All good signs.
The next step will be a CT scan scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, which will hopefully give a clearer path moving forward. We appreciate your ongoing support. There have been many people reaching out with offers of help and donations. Quite frankly, at this point we have been busy with everything else, and haven't figured out what our needs are going to be. The K9 is covered by medical insurance, so we will be figuring up what that covers in the coming days. As soon as we have a handle on what our needs will be, we will let you know, hopefully soon. The support of the community has been overwhelming, and we certainly appreciate it."

- Moses Lake, WA

The Moses Lake Department K9 dog that was allegedly shot by a suspect during a pursuit Friday night is stable and had his breathing tube removed today.

“We received good news from Pullman this evening. Our K9 that was shot last night remains in stable condition, and veterinary personnel were able to remove to remove his breathing tube today,” Moses Lake Police Captain Mike Williams stated. “It is encouraging that the dog can maintain his own airway, and we are hopeful a recovery will be possible. The woods are dark and cold, and he is nowhere near out of them yet, but at least he is walking,” Williams added.

A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Moses Lake Friday night after allegedly shooting a K9 police dog after a pursuit.

The man was reportedly wanted in connection to several burglaries in the area.

According to a report by iFIBER ONE, Moses Lake police Street Crime detectives and patrol officers began searching for the male suspect at around 10:43 p.m. Officers reportedly found the suspect’s vehicle was located on Airway Drive and police attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Moses Lake Police Chief Kevin Fuhr stated.

The suspect fled, leading authorities on a pursuit for several miles along Valley Road, Grape Drive, Oregon Street then returned to Valley Road, which lead to authorities successfully deploying spike strips during the pursuit. The suspect came to a stop on Denton Road in the Cascade Valley area. The suspect attempted to flee but was chased by a police officer and his K9 partner.

“Chief Fuhr said during the chase, the suspect pulled out a handgun and opened fire, striking the K9. The officer returned fire, killing the suspect,”

The police K9 was immediately transported to Pioneer Veterinary in Moses Lake for treatment and was flown to Washington State University’s Veterinary Unit for emergency surgery.

The Columbia Basin Investigative Team is conducting an investigation into the shooting.


The identity of the deceased suspect has been confirmed by MLWA7 but is being withheld until authorities release information in the next few days. The officer and K9 have not been identified publicly.

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