SPOKANE, Wash. – Police have killed a fleeing suspect who shot a police dog in Spokane.
The Spokane sheriff's office says the chase began Tuesday night when an officer attempted to pull over a car for reckless driving. The driver sped away, became stuck on a lane divider and then ran.
A police dog and his handler tracked the suspect to an alley.
The sheriff's office says the suspect pulled a pistol and shot the dog. The handler then shot the suspect who died early Wednesday at a hospital. He is identified as Johnnie L. Longest, who has a record including vehicle theft and drug possession.
The car Longest was driving had been stolen.
The police dog is reported in stable condition at a pet emergency clinic.