JSO K9 shot, killed on Jacksonville's Westside

K9 Fang was chasing an armed carjacking suspect, JSO says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office K-9 was killed Sunday morning while chasing an armed carjacking suspect on the Westside.

K9 Fang was shot and killed by an armed carjacking suspect now in custody, police reported.

Officers were called to the 7-Eleven gas station on Lem Turner Road where an armed carjacking took place just before 2:30 a.m. Police said the suspect stole a red four-door car. 

Dash cam video from a man driving on I-10 early Sunday showed part of the high speed chase involving that red car.

"He went by really fast. It looks like he just got on the west side of the overpass and he pulled off to the right and it looks like he ditched it right there and ran into the woods," the witness said. "You could see there must have been 12 or 13 police vehicles on Interstate 10 and on Beaver Street. You could see police officers in the woods with their flashlights looking for the guy."

JSO was able to track down the stolen vehicle using OnStar. It ended up about 18 miles away on the Westside at I-10 and Commerce Center Parkway.

OnStar was able to disable the vehicle. The man then ran into the woods and K-9 Fang was sent to track him down. After a brief pursuit, Fang caught up to the suspect. The man fired several shots, killing Fang, according to JSO. 

No other officers were hurt in the incident.

The suspect was captured by another K-9  in a wooded area between Beaver Street and the interstate. The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested by police. 

It is a third degree felony to kill a police K-9. JSO will be coordinating with the State Attorneys Office as the investigation continues.

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