A high-speed chase through Midtown last night ended in the shooting deaths of the suspect and a Tucson Police Department K-9 service dog.
According to a TPD news release, a carjacking suspect was found outside a residence in the 2900 block of East 2nd Street. Police say he put a large caliber revolver to his head. Officer Chris Fenoglio, the K-9 handler released his dog, Ivan, who bit the suspect on his left arm. The suspect then shot K-9 Ivan once at close range, the release said.
Officers Fenoglio, Matthew Merz, Jason Kerns and Jon Collamore all fired multiple shots at the suspect, striking him numerous times.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. K-9 Ivan was transported to Valley Animal Hospital, where he died after extensive life-saving attempts.
"We immediately gave first aid to the suspect and the dog until TFD arrived and took over, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene," said TPD Sgt. Chris Widmer. "The police K-9 was taken to a local animal hospital where it was also pronounced deceased."
The suspect has been identified, but his name is being withheld pending the next of kin notification.
The news release said the carjacking was reported at 5460 E. Speedway Blvd. Moments later police spotted the car near East 5th Street and North Alvernon Way. The suspect fled when police tried to pull him over.
Detectives assigned to the Night Detective Unit, the Homicide Unit and the Office of Internal Affairs are investigating the incident. Homicide and OIA will continue separate investigations.
Officers Fenoglio and Merz are both 13-year veterans of TPD, assigned to the Service Dog Unit. Officer Kerns is a 5-year veteran of TPD, and Officer Collamore is a 9-year veteran of TPD. Both are assigned to the Operations Division Midtown.
The public can donate to the TPD K-9 Unit through a link on the Tucson Police Foundation website: https://www.tucsonpolicefoundation.org/?page_id=28.
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