The incident began on Clark and Roosevelt streets at about 12:50 p.m. local time when residents alerted Police to a stolen vehicle that was to be recovered. Officers attempted to recover the vehicle when a suspect took the vehicle and led them on a chase through the city.
The suspect eventually abandoned the stolen vehicle and a house to house search was started for him. At about 3:25 P.M. shots rang out and two officers were struck as well as a K-9 that had been involved with attempting to find the suspect. The suspect was also shot during what was to be an exchange of gunfire.
The suspect, Marco Romero, 33, who was recently paroled for criminal possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, was wanted in connection with a shooting that injured two in nearby Meridian on Tuesday.
The two officers that were injured were not named however they were transported to local area hospitals. One being treated in an emergency room, the other undergoing surgery at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Neither officer’s condition was listed.
The K-9 named Jardo was also injured in the shooting. Jardo underwent surgery at WestVet, and police reported that the veterinarian who performed that surgery “is hopeful he will be OK.”
Jardo has been with the Department since August 2013 and was announced as a “Belgain Malinois and weights 65lbs. Jardo is trained to sniff out the odors of marijuana, meth, heroin, and cocaine. Jardo can also apprehend bad guys which helps to keep our citizens and police officers safe.”
Garden City police will be the lead agency investigating the shooting as part of a Critical Incident Task Force.
We wish both Officers and K-9 Jardo a safe and speedy recovery.