Officer-involved shooting leaves suspect dead and K9 injured in Moses Lake

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. — A man wanted in connection to several robberies was shot and killed by a Moses Lake police officer during a late night pursuit Feb. 28 after the man shot a police K9.

According to Chief Kevin Fuhr, at about 10:43 p.m. Moses Lake police detectives and patrol officers located the man’s vehicle on Airway Drive while conducting a search for the suspect.

The suspect fled after police attempted to make a traffic stop, causing a car chase for several miles. The car chase ended when officer successfully used spike strips, stopping the man on Denton Road in the Cascade Valley area.

Then, the man fled on foot and was pursued by a Moses Lake officer and his K9. The man pulled out a handgun during the chase and opened fire, hitting the K9. That’s when the officer returned fire, killing the suspect.

K9 was taken to Pioneer Veterinary in Moses Lake and then later transferred by airplane to Washington State University’s Veterinary Unit for emergency surgery. No other officers were injured in the shooting.

Central Basin Investigative Team is investigating the shooting.

The identities of the K9, the officer, and the suspect have not been released.