Volusia County, Fl. The Sheriff’s Office reported on their Facebook page that one of their K-9’s was shot while conducting a search for a burglary suspect in a neighborhood.
The suspect was confronted and the suspect opened fire on the K-9. The injured K-9 was taken to a veterinarian immediately but did not survive it’s injuries. The following official statement was issued to shelter in place as a man hunt continues for the suspect in the shooting:
SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 KILLED WHILE PURSUING FLEEING SUSPECT
A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 suffered a fatal gunshot Tuesday evening after chasing down an armed suspect who fled and fired at deputies in Deltona.
K-9 Forrest was rushed to DeLand Animal Hospital following the shooting but couldn’t be saved. Forrest was shot at about 7:16 p.m. near Vann Park after the suspect opened fire on deputies who were searching for him in a wooded area.
Deputies were in the area investigating a Crime Stoppers tip about a wanted fugitive at a home on Wing Terrace. While they were outside the address of the tip, a man drove by recklessly on a white dirt bike. When a deputy tried to stop him, the suspect fled. Deputies did not pursue him. Shortly thereafter, he drove by recklessly again, and disappeared again. The dirt bike was later found abandoned nearby.
Later, as deputies were contacting the people inside the house where the fugitive was believed to be staying, they heard someone jumping over fences in the area. Deputies set up a perimeter, and the Sheriff’s Office Air One helicopter spotted the suspect in a nearby wooded area. K-9 Forrest had started tracking to him when the suspect opened fire, prompting both deputies to return fire.
As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect was still surrounded by law enforcement in the area of Vann Park. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.