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Thursday April 15th, 2021 8:01AM

Shootout with police in Georgia ends with suspect, K-9 dead

By The Associated Press

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A suspect accused of running from Georgia police officers and shooting at them from a wooded area was killed when officers returned fire.

Gwinnett County gang task force officers were on patrol in Norcross on Thursday afternoon when they spotted a vehicle that was reported stolen with two people inside, the agency said in a statement.

The occupants ran in different directions and a SWAT unit and K-9 were called to search the area, according to police. The dog tracked a man into the woods, and he was fatally struck during a shootout with officers.

The 5-year-old K-9, named Blue, was also shot and later died from his wounds, police said.

The suspect and officers were not immediately identified. The second escaped.

The state Bureau of Investigation was called to review the shooting.

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