Springfield Twp. K-9, suspect shot after police chase

K-9 Officer Pako (WLWT Photo)

SPRINGDALE, Ohio (WLWT) — Investigators tell WLWT a K-9 with the Springfield Township Police Department was shot early Friday morning after a police chase.

Initially, officers in Springdale tried to stop the car because of a suspected OVI. But the car didn’t stop, and officers gave chase.

At some point, a woman in the car appeared to be trying to get out, police said.

Officers deployed stop sticks to incapacitate the car, which stopped with four flat tires on Winton Road in Springfield Township.

Springfield Twp. Chief Robert Browder said a man jumped out the car with a gun and ran away. Officers deployed Pako, Springfield Township’s K-9, who followed the man.

Pako bit the man, who fired a shot into the dog’s shoulder, Browder said. Officers then fired on the man, striking him in the back once.

Both the dog and the man are expected to recover, Browder said. At least one woman was also taken into custody. No names have been released.

Pako was treated at Grady Veterinary Hospital and released.

Browder said a bullet-resistant vest for the dog had been donated to the department last month and was expected to arrive any day now.

Pako has been with the force since last June. His handler, Officer Jim Scheeler, was named an Officer of the Month by the Cincinnati Citizens Police Association in January for he and Pako’s efforts in tracking a man who had fired at a Hamilton Co. sheriff’s deputy.

Winton Road was shut down from North Bend Road to Harbury Drive for several hours.

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