A police K9 in Thurston County, Washington, was seriously injured during an officer-involved shooting with an armed suspect. On Wednesday night, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit recounted what is known about the incident:
Thurston County Deputies along with Washington State Patrol Troopers were involved in a vehicle pursuit which ended on I-5 south at mile post 88 and resulted in an officer involved shooting. K-9 Arlo was shot twice during the incident and was rushed to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital where he remains at the time of this post and is expected to survive.
On Thursday morning, the sheriff’s office provided an update about Arlo, writing:
Arlo had a pretty rough night, in that he was in quite a bit of pain. They had him maxed on all his pain meds so there wasn’t much more they could do to make him more comfortable. He is currently doing better and will go into emergency surgery in about 1.5 hours to have the bullet in his shoulder removed and the bullet path (through and through) in his left rear leg irrigated to try to get out the remaining bullet fragments that did not pass through with the bullet.
The suspect is a 25-year-old male who was also injured in the incident. The man, whose name was not mentioned, was taken to an area hospital. He is said to be in “serious condition.”
The incident will be investigated by the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT).
A fundraiser has been started to raise money for Arlo’s veterinary care. Click here to learn more.
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