Police dog, suspect killed in rural Montague County

The man who murdered the dog that found him hiding was himself shot and killed by state troopers.

A suspect and a police dog died during a law enforcement operation along the border of Montague and Wise counties on Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it all started around 2:30 p.m. when Montague County deputies attempted to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant. The suspect displayed a gun and drove away, with the deputies in pursuit.

DPS said the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooded area along a dirt road near the town of Sunset, just north of the Wise County line and about 55 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

A K9 officer named Pepper from the Wise County Sheriff's Office was released to flush out the suspect. But when the Dutch Shepherd located the man, he opened fire and killed the dog.

Troopers returned fire, killing the suspect. His name was not released.

Officers could be seen consoling the dog's handlers at the scene. Pepper was one of the department's newest K9s, on the force for only a few months.


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