In a Portland shootout on Wednesday morning, a police officer was injured and his dog from the K-9 unit killed. The police dog was found dead a few hours after the shooting, having suffered a fatal gunshot wound.
The officer is apparently devastated by the death of his K-9 companion who was found under a hedge in the neighborhood.
The shooting took place in the early hours of the morning near to Southwest 30th Avenue and Barbur Boulevard in Portland. It was reported that the officer, who has not yet been identified, does not have life-threatening injuries and is recovering in hospital along with his family.
Pete Simpson, the Portland Police Bureau spokesman, said about the officer: “He is in very good spirits, considering the circumstances.”
Fortunately, the police caught up with the suspect in the Portland shootout a few hours after the incident following an extensive search. It is not clear whether the suspect was shot at this time, even though it was confirmed that he was receiving medical attention.
The police SERT, or Special Emergency Reaction Team, carried out the manhunt for the suspect with the assistance of a police helicopter. From the helicopter, a rifle could clearly be seen in the suspect’s hand but was never recovered by police forces on the ground.
Simpson told reporters that when the suspect was confronted at gunpoint by officers he surrendered without a fight and was taken into custody.
While the search for the suspect was underway local residents were told to stay indoors and call 911 if they saw anything suspicious in their immediate area. The police also activated a reverse 911 system to inform residents of the situation.
It remains to be seen what the circumstances were that led to the Portland shooting on Wednesday as police continue a full investigation into the incident.