Sue Dahlen contributed to this report
January 18, 2017-
UPDATE 8:20 pm.:The K-9 who was wounded is a Dutch Shepherd named Blade. Blade is 6.5 years old andis a 4-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit. Veterinarians
at Purdue University Veterinary Hospital have advised that K-9 Blade is still
undergoing tests but is now in stable condition.
A Lake County K-9 Officer was shot this afternoon near 41st and Georgia Streets in Gary. According to a release from Sheriff John Buncich, the incident occurred just after 3:00 p.m. today. A Lake County Police Deputy returned fire striking a subject.
Indiana State Police are now investigating the officer involved shooting. ISP Spokesperson Anne Wojas stated ” Shortly, before 3:00 p.m., this afternoon, the police officer made a traffic stop in the 700 block of 42nd Street when a passenger fled from the car. The car, identified at the time as a silver vehicle, and its driver fled west bound on 42nd from the stop. ”
The county officer and his K-9 partner Blade pursued after the passenger who ran down an alley toward rail road tracks that were north of the stop.
At some point near the rail road tracks the passenger shot at the county officer hitting his K-9 Blade. The county officer returned fire and hit the fleeing passenger once.
Another county officer arrived on scene and disarmed the passenger. The passenger was taken to North Lake Hospital in Gary with life threatening injuries.
K-9 Blade was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment and then transported by police car to Purdue Veterinary Hospital in West Lafayette, IN.
According to the Lafayette Courier Journal, Lafayette Police joined Lake County Sheriff’s Police and provided escort to Officer Blade on the trip to Lafayette.