LAWRENCE, Ind. - A man suspected of shooting an Indiana police officer died in a shootout, police said early Saturday.
K-9 Officer Matt Fox of Fortville, Indiana, was trying to perform a traffic stop on a male driver who refused to stop, police said according to NBC News station WTHR in Indianapolis.
A pursuit started, ending at a housing subdivision in the 7800 block of Clearview Lane.
Police said Fox was shot through his windshield and was struck in the head and the wrist. He was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he was said to be alert and talking to officers. Fox was listed in serious but stable condition, awaiting surgery for his injuries.
The incident follows a shooting in the Indiana town of Pendleton on Thursday, in which a bystander was killed and two police officers wounded. A police dog was also killed, and the suspected gunman was found dead early Friday, possibly by a self-inflicted gunshot.
The suspect in the shooting in Fortville, which is around 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis, then fled the scene and was again chased by police. He stopped near Fox Road and Sunset Cove and got into another shootout with police officers, positioning himself between two buildings and firing at officers as they approached.
Police shot and killed the suspect, according to Hancock County Sheriff's Department dispatchers.
Two officers, one from IMPD and another from Lawrence, were reportedly grazed, either by bullets or shattered glass, but were treated and released at the scene.
The K-9 which Fox handles was not injured and remains at the scene of the shooting.
An IMPD spokesperson tells Eyewitness News a police dog from Lawrence was shot in a patrol car at the second shooting scene. The condition of that K-9 has not yet been confirmed, but the dog was said to be undergoing surgery.
The suspect in the shooting has not yet been identified.
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