Chase ends with K9, suspect shot

Chase ends with K9, suspect shot
FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama
Photo courtesy Springfield Township Facebook page
Photo courtesy Springfield Township Facebook page

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A traffic pursuit ended with a K9 and a suspect shot early Friday, according to Springfield Township police.

The chase began in Springdale, where officers said they suspected the driver was possibly driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

The pursuit spanned into neighboring Springfield Township. Police said a woman inside appeared to be attempting to jump out of the car.

The fleeing vehicle stopped on Winton Road near West North Bend Road when officers threw down stop-sticks to halt it just before 2 a.m., Springfield Township police said.

A man and a woman got out of the car.

The woman got on the ground and was taken into custody.

But police said the man ran southbound on Winton Road, where he brandished a gun at officers.

They released Pako, Springfield Township's K9, to help take him into custody. Pako bit the suspect, who shot the dog in the shoulder.

Then, police said, the man pointed the gun at officers, so they fired.

He was shot in the back and taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is expected to recover.

The K9 also is expected to recover.

Police said the dog was not wearing a bullet proof vest. The department has ordered one, but it has not come in yet.

Two guns were recovered.

Winton Road was shut down at West North Bend for several hours while authorities investigated. It reopened just before 8 a.m.

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