A police K9 and a possible homicide suspect are dead after a chase in Georgia ended in a shootout in the woods Friday.
The deadly confrontation began just before noon along River Road near Interstate 285 when Clayton County police spotted a car connected to a homicide investigation, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
The Georgia State Patrol and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist with an attempted stop.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the driver initially stopped to stop, but sped off as troopers approached the car on foot.
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State troopers reportedly used a PIT maneuver to stop the driver near Flat Shoals Road, and the car eventually ended up in the woods.
Authorities attempted to make contact with the driver to remove him peacefully from the woods, but he was uncooperative with investigators.
Witness Delbert Sanders told Fox 5 that an officer tried to talk to the man when Georgia State Patrol K9 Figo was sent into the woods to “lure the man out.”
“A few minutes after they sent the dog into the woods, you started hearing gunshots,” Sanders said.
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Not long after Figo entered the woods, the suspect began shooting at the dog, striking him several times.
Troopers and deputies then opened fire on the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
K9 Figo was rushed to Blue Pearl Animal Hospital in Sandy Springs by helicopter, where he later died.
Police have not yet released the suspect’s name.
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The GBI is investigating the shooting.