MLPD K9 STABLE after being shot by suspect Friday night, suspect killed in officer-involved shooting
Written by MLWA 7 Staff
Editor’s Note: Photo is a stock photo and not a photo of the K9 dog that was shot.
MOSES LAKE - The Moses Lake Department K9 dog that was allegedly shot by an alleged robbery suspect during a pursuit Friday night is stable, Columbia Basin K9’s confirmed Saturday afternoon. “Our K-9 is still stable and hanging on. Vet said he’s in better condition than they would have hoped. Just have to play the waiting game to get the swelling down and get more stable to do an MRI and evaluate surgery options. Please keep your prayers coming! THANK YOU!” Columbia Basin K9’s stated Saturday afternoon.
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, who has not been identified by authorities, was reportedly wanted in connection to several burglaries in the area.
Moses Lake police Street Crime detectives and patrol officers began searching for the male suspect at around 10:43 p.m., according to iFIBER ONE News. 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 told iFIBER ONE News.
The suspect reportedly fled, leading authorities on a pursuit for several miles along Valley Road, Grape Drive, Oregon Street and then returned to Valley Road, which lead to authorities successfully deploying spike strips during the pursuit, according to iFIBER ONE News.
The suspect came to a stop on Denton Road in the Cascade Valley area. The suspect allegedly 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,” iFIBER ONE News stated.
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, police officer and K9 have not been released.