Police K9 killed while tracking suspects

A police K9 with the Fishers’ Police Department in Indiana, was killed while tracking two suspects. According to a release from city of Fishers, the five-year-old Belgian Malinois, Harlej, was deployed after a man ran, and refused commands, during a traffic stop.

The release states:

Shortly after, the officer heard a gunshot and K9 Harlej went missing. After several hours the male suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he received medical treatment for a minor leg injury.

Officers searched the area and found Harlej dead from gunshot wounds.

Two people involved in the incident have been arrested. One suspect, identified as 19-year-old Richard D. Garrett Jr., is facing a slew of charges, including:

Striking a Law Enforcement Animal Level 6 Felony

Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon Level 6 Felony

Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle Level 6 Felony

Theft-Receiving Stolen Property Level 6 Felony

Residential Entry (2 counts) Level 6 Felony

Resisting Law Enforcement “A” Misdemeanor

Possession of Marijuana “B” Misdemeanor

Unauthorized Entry into a Vehicle “B” Misdemeanor

Possession of a Handgun without a License “A” Misdemeanor

Police also arrested 19-year-old Rashaana L. Farrow for False Informing “B” Misdemeanor. Both suspects were taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

Donations can be made to the Fishers Police Foundation on line at this link or in person at the Fishers Police Department.

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