Portland officer wounded, dog killed in shootout

  • Wed Apr 16th, 2014 1:53pm
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Associated Press

PORTLAND — A Portland police dog sicked on a burglary suspect was fatally shot early Wednesday, and his handler was wounded.

The Oregonian reports three suspects are in custody, including one who was the object of a manhunt in southwest Portland.

Chief Mike Reese said officers saw three people coming from a uniform shop and fled in an SUV. A chase ended when the SUV crashed into a utility pole.

Reese says an officer directed his dog to “Take that suspect!” to keep one of the three from fleeing, and then there was a shootout. The man was captured three hours later.

The dog was found beneath a hedge near the shooting scene.

The wounded officer is expected to recover.

The dog was wearing a harness but not a ballistic vest.