GOLDSBY — A Sunday night high-speed chase through two counties ended with one man shot dead and a police dog critically injured and sent to emergency surgery, Oklahoma City police reported.
About 8:45 p.m., police were called to a business at 7233 S Air Depot Blvd. in reference to a burglary. When officers arrived, they saw a man run into a vehicle and drive away.
The officers pursued the vehicle from there, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers joined and led the pursuit when the driver was speeding southbound on Interstate 35 in Norman, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Troopers used tactics to end the pursuit, and the vehicle’s tires blew out near the Goldsby exit on I-35, causing the vehicle to drive into ditch west of the highway, Nelson said.
Oklahoma City K9 officers and gang unit officers stayed back with troopers until the driver got out of the vehicle and started running southbound near the service road. A K9 officer let the police dog go after the driver and saw the police dog apprehend the driver behind a nearby business, Nelson said.
While the K9 officer was running to police dog and the driver, he saw the driver had a knife and was stabbing the police dog. The officer fatally shot the man, and the police dog was taken to a veterinarian for emergency surgery, Nelson said.
The K9 officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Southbound traffic on Interstate 35 near Goldsby was restricted to one lane while Oklahoma City police officers waited for the state medical examiner’s office to arrive.
Oklahoma City homicide detectives and internal affairs detectives are investigating the shooting. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating the pursuit, Nelson said.
No names were released.