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Texas K-9 Killed Flushing Out Wanted Suspect

January 29, 2015  | 

Wise County Sheriff's Office K-9 Pepper was killed flushing out a suspect Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Wise County Sheriff's Office)
Wise County Sheriff's Office K-9 Pepper was killed flushing out a suspect Wednesday afternoon. (Photo: Wise County Sheriff's Office)

A suspect and a police dog died during a law enforcement operation along the border of Montague and Wise counties in Texas Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it all started around 2:30 p.m. when Montague County deputies attempted to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant. The suspect displayed a gun and drove away, with the deputies in pursuit.

DPS said the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooded area. A K-9 officer named Pepper from the Wise County Sheriff's Office was released to flush out the suspect. But when the Dutch Shepherd located the man, he opened fire and killed the dog.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect. His name was not released, WFAA TV reports.

Comments (5)

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Morning Eagle @ 1/29/2015 3:54 PM

R.I.P. Pepper, you did your job. Glad the officers that returned fire removed that scumbag from the gene pool.

Chuck @ 1/29/2015 4:28 PM

They intend to kill a police officer, the canine just got there first. Murdering a police officer should be charged as murder whether it's human or canine. They intended to kill police officers and they did.

DogPA @ 1/29/2015 8:53 PM

Good Dog Pepper, hope you got a bite in first.

Jerinelle Wray @ 1/29/2015 11:11 PM

Thank you for honoring this K9 officer with this story. He gave his life to do his duty. Please remember the value of all animals when, as an officer, you go out on calls involving pets...please use non-lethal means to resolve issues unless human life is truly imperiled by a vicious animal on a rampage..and even then a stun gun woud not kill but control. All animals need our care and respect. My prayers to the owner and parent of this wonderful dog. Please remember that our family pets are like family members to us and losing them causes the same heartbreak to us that you are suffering now. There are better ways to resolve animal issues than routinely drawing one's firearm and shooting at will.
Just hoping to see changes in this area. We should not be surpriised when a criminal shoots a dog, but it should not be acceptable for an offier who is sworn to protect us, to draw a lethal weapon on one of our family members.
I continue to pray for understanding and compassion._JW

John @ 1/31/2015 6:08 AM

Jerinelle Wray:
you are completely out of touch with the reality of police operations.

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