Tucson Police K-9 Ivan
Photo credit: Tucson Police Officer's Association
A man suspected in a carjacking and a Tucson police K-9 were shot and killed late Wednesday night.
A man called 911 at 10:47 p.m. to report that a gunman had stolen his pickup truck outside a Domino's Pizza at 5460 E. Speedway.
Minutes later a patrol officer spotted the truck near East 5th Street and North Alvernon Way and attempted to pull it over. Instead, the driver led the officer on a chase.
The man continued driving even after crashing into a fence in the 500 block of North Treat Avenue. After pulling into an alleyway near East Second Street and North Stewart Avenue, the driver got out of the truck and fled on foot. He was chased by several officers and the police dog.
A confrontation in the front yard of a house in the 2900 block of East Second Street resulted in the suspect being shot multiple times by police.
The K-9 also was shot. While Tucson police have not identified the dog, the Tucson Police Officer's Association posted on its Facebook page that the police dog was named Ivan.
The alleged carjacker was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified.
The dog died at a veterinary hospital.
The entire incident took just eight minutes. It is under investigation and police have not confirmed who shot the dog.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service