Charleston Police: Suspect Kills K-9, is Fatally Shot by Officers

August 29, 2022

News Release | AP

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CHARLESTON, WV - Police in Charleston fatally shot a fleeing suspect who they say killed a police dog.


The suspect, who was being pursued on foot after he fled a home toward a wooded area, shot the Charleston police K-9 named Axel at close range Saturday night, Police Lt. Tony Hazelett said.


Officers then shot the man, who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Hazelett said in a statement.


The statement said the man was wanted by police but provided no other details. The suspect’s identity wasn’t immediately released.