Texas deputy shoots carjacking suspect pistol whipping police K9

HOUSTON – A Texas deputy shot and killed a carjacking suspect who was reportedly beating a police K9 with a pistol after a foot chase Monday.

The dead man, who was not identified, was one of several males reported to have attacked and shot at a man before stealing his vehicle around 11 p.m. in Harris County, according to KPRC-TV, citing the sheriff’s office. The man whose car was stolen wasn’t seriously injured, officials said.

A deputy, who was in the area with a K9, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car just after midnight, FOX26 Houston reported, and engaged the men inside in a foot chase when the four suspected carjackers bolted from the vehicle.

The K9 was the first to catch up to one of the men, who began to hit the police service dog (PSD) with a pistol. The deputy ordered the man to stop but he continued beating the animal, police said.

“[He] began striking the K9 with a pistol, brandishing the weapon at that point,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told KPRC-TV. “We don’t know if there was gunfire exchanged, but our deputy did fire at least a shot striking the individual and he was pronounced deceased.”

Police believed the suspect was in his late teens or early 20s, the station reported.

The sheriff’s office said they recovered a pistol at the scene and were also able to detain a second man. Two others remain at large.

The PSD escaped relatively uninjured in the encounter.

(Feature image: File photo courtesy Lower Merion Township Police)

 

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