PALMER, Alaska- KTUU reports an Alaska State Trooper K9 was killed and a suspect injured after a shootout near Palmer early Sunday morning.
An unconfirmed Twitter post said the dog’s name was Helo.
Alaska State Troopers said a Palmer Police Officer tried to pull over Almando Abarca within the city limits of Palmer.
Troopers said Abarca was driving a 4-door Geo sedan with four passengers and continued driving down the Glenn Highway for several miles, eluding officers.
Troopers said that’s when Palmer Police requested backup from AST.
Abarca eventually pulled into a driveway near the Glenn Highway/Parks Highway interchange and exited the vehicle.
Troopers said a Palmer Police Officer and a State Trooper with a K9 then followed the suspect into the woods.
Abarca fired multiple rounds and hit the AST K9, according to Troopers.
Both officers fired back and hit Abarca once in the shoulder.
Abarca was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
The K9 was taken to an emergency veterinarian in critical condition, and later died of multiple gunshot wounds.
AST’s Alaska Bureau of Investigation is on scene conducting an investigation. The officers names won’t be released for 72 hours, per AST policy.
Abarca is charged with two counts of Assault in the Third Degree, Harming a Police Dog in the First Degree, and Eluding Police. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.