Central Florida

Suspect Kills K-9 During Shootout in Volusia County

A sheriff's office K-9 in Central Florida was fatally shot while on the job Tuesday night.

Volusia County deputies had been on the scene investigating a CrimeStoppers tip in the city of Deltona when a man drove by recklessly twice.

The man then fled to a wooded area, and was eventually spotted by a helicopter.

The dog, named “Forrest”, had been chasing down the armed suspect when he opened fire – prompting deputies to return fire.

According to NBC affiliate WESH-TV, Forrest was taken to an animal hospital in nearby DeLand, where he passed away. The shooter remains surrounded by police inside a nearby home.

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