Indianapolis, IN - An Indiana State Police K9 is missing after a gunfight between a suspect and a State Trooper on Tuesday night.
The incident happened at around 9 PM in the area of 38th St and Post Rd when troopers were searching the area for two suspects who had fled from police earlier in the day.
A trooper located a person who matched the description of one of the suspects. When the trooper started to frisk him, the man fled.
The trooper released his K9 partner who chased down the suspect. The suspect then opened fire on the K9 and trooper.
The trooper returned fire, striking the suspect at least once. The suspect was transported to Eskenazi Hospital where he remains in serious condition.
The K9 went missing in the gunfight and hasn't been seen since. It's not known at this time if the K9 was injured in the shooting.
The K9 is a 2.5 year old Belgian Malinois wearing a leather harness with a 6′ leather leash attached and a yellow tag police collar.
The K9 has not been identified, presumably to avoid identifying the trooper at this time.
If anybody sees the K9, they should not approach, but call 911 immediately.
While the situation may look bleak, in August 2016, K9 Kina was lost for two days after being shot twice in a gunfight in which Sebastian County Corporal Bill Cooper was murdered. Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also shot in the gunfight, but only received a grazing head wound.
The killer, Billy Jones, was captured alive and sentenced to life in prison.
Kina survived the incident and was just retired in July.
Please help spread the word and ask people to keep an eye out for the missing K9 hero.
UPDATE: The missing Indiana State Police K9 has been found, "safe and sound".
The K9 was located about 9 AM on Wednesday morning.
He was not injured during the gunfight, but is being taken to a vet for a check-up, according to Sgt. John Perrine, spokesman for the Indiana State Police.