Fishers police dog dies after apparent shooting amid pursuit

Suburban Indianapolis police say a police dog was apparently shot to death overnight while tracking suspects through a wooded area.

Fishers police Sgt. Tom Weger told The Indianapolis Star the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, named Harlej, died from a likely gunshot wound after finding a man hiding in those woods just north of Indianapolis.

Officers were pursuing a suspected drunken motorist early Wednesday when the man stopped his vehicle and ran into a neighborhood.

Police arrested a woman who had been in the vehicle while Officer Jarred Koopman and Harlej tracked the man. Koopman heard what he believed was a gunshot moments after letting the dog run ahead into a wooded area.

Officers arrested the man, who had a leg injury believed inflicted by the dog, which was found dead nearby.

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