K-9 "Bane" was shot and killed on duty.

K-9 "Bane" was shot and killed on duty.

An officer with the Tulare (CA) Police Department was wounded and his new K-9 partner killed in a gunfight over the weekend, according to ABC News.

According to reports, the incident began with a traffic stop of a vehicle with three occupants.

Witnesses said police were chasing a late-model sedan at high speeds. They estimated the sedan was topping 100 mph. The driver eventually pulled to the side of a nearby rural road west of Tulare.

Authorities say that the officer was shot in the arm and in the torso. K-9 "Bane" was killed in the gun battle.

The department said on Facebook, "We are thankful that our officer's physical injuries do not appear life threatening. We are grateful for our four legged hero, Bane, and his selfless sacrifice."

One suspect was killed, one sustained serious injuries, and a third is in custody.