LUXORA, Arkansas- An Arkansas State Police K9 was fatally wounded and a trooper injured following a gun battle in Mississippi County on Monday.

The Arkansas State Police say they observed a vehicle on I-55 that had reportedly been involved in a chase with law enforcement officers in Missouri.

The driver was stopped by troopers, at which point the driver exited the vehicle and fled toward farm property. Two state troopers and a Mississippi County Sheriff’s Deputy pursued the individual on foot.

At that time the trooper deployed his K-9. The K-9 caught up with the individual, and made contact. The individual then fired a gun at the K-9, killing the animal.

After killing the K-9, the individual turned toward officers, engaging in a gunfight.

The individual was apprehended at 7:11pm and transported to an area hospital where he died this morning. The body will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

With heavy hearts, we share this picture of ASP K-9 Trooper Hemi. Hemi was killed in the line of duty last night, as he was working with his partners to catch a suspect who fled from officers. Rest easy hero, we will miss you!

One state trooper sustained minor injuries during the course of the chase, not related to the gunfire.
Two Arkansas State Troopers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the states deadly force investigation. The investigative file will be submitted to the Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney to determine if the shooting was consistent with Arkansas laws, specifically the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.