Virginia K9 In Serious Condition After Being Shot

WTOP reports that a hunt is underway for a King George County, Virginia, man who is accused of shooting at police officers and wounding a police dog during a traffic stop Sunday night.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office says deputies  stopped a car in the parking lot of a Sheetz on Lafayette Boulevard, right on the Fredericksburg border, for a minor traffic violation just after 9 p.m. Sunday.

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During that stop, the deputies learned the driver was wanted on several felony warrants in Fredericksburg, and the driver was taken into custody without any problem.

The passenger, Joseph Conway, got out of the vehicle and began fighting with a deputy. Conway then took off on foot.

A Spotsylvania K-9 deputy and his K-9 were on the scene, and the K-9 was released to chase Conway.

The suspect turned, and pulled a pistol from his clothing, and fired numerous times at the deputies and the dog, striking the dog once or twice.

Deputies returned fire, but Conway escaped into a nearby neighborhood.  It’s not clear whether he was hurt.


The K-9, named Dux, was taken to a veterinarian in serious condition.

The search for the suspect continues.



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