K9 officer killed in shooting near Loop 1604 and SH 151

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office assisted with a fleeing suspect on Friday, January 25 in the area near Loop 1604 and SH 151. 

According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a 38 year-old male suspect fled from officers in Karnes City and traveled down 181 before entering Interstate Highway 37 northbound to San Antonio.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety joined in the pursuit.  The suspect exited I-37 onto Loop 1604.  Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies joined in the chase when the suspect entered Bexar County.”

The chase continued along Loop 1604 until the suspect reached SH 151.  At that time the suspect left his vehicle, placed the vehicle in drive causing the suspect’s car to strike one of the patrol cars. 

As the suspect left the vehicle he fired shots at law enforcement personnel.  Officers contained the suspect along the roadway.  At this time the suspect pointed his weapon at himself, at officers, the helicopter, and at passing cars. 

Officers made the decision to deploy a K9 officer named Chucky at the suspect.  Chucky made contact with the suspect and was able to grab the individual.  The suspect then started shooting at the K9 officer.  Bullets fatally struck Chucky.

Officers then returned fire, striking the suspect in the lower extremities.  Officers were able to subdue the suspect and began providing lifesaving measures until EMS could arrive on scene.

EMS transported the suspect to University Hospital in critical condition. 

The scene is being investigated by Bexar County Sheriff’s Office crime scene technicians and crime scene technicians from the Texas Rangers.

The suspect will be charged with various crimes and is currently under arrest at University Hospital.

K-9 officer Chucky was killed at the scene.  No other officer from the different departments were not injured in the event.

Loop 1604 from Culebra to SH 90 will remain closed the remainder of the night and may be possibly closed during the morning hours.  Those traveling in the area should seek alternate routes to their destination.

This incident is under investigation and as more details become available the story will be updated.

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