Police dog shot and killed, suspect injured in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Tacoma, Washington, police dog was killed and a murder suspect was wounded as police exchanged gunfire with the fleeing man.

KOMO reports a Tacoma police officer spotted a car about 1:20 a.m. Thursday with a driver suspected in a murder that had occurred Wednesday evening in Tacoma.

The officer attempted to pull the driver over, but he sped off and short chase ensued.

“There was a collision at the end of the pursuit after which the suspect got out and ran on foot,” said Chief Mike Zaro of the Lakewood Police, whose department is heading the investigation.

Police dogs were brought to the scene to help search for the suspect. Officers located the man and authorities say shots were fired. The police dog was killed and the suspect was transported to a hospital with critical injuries.