A suspect and a police dog died during a law enforcement operation along the border of Montague and Wise counties on Wednesday afternoon.
It all started around 2:30 p.m. when deputies attempted to arrest a man on an outstanding warrant. The suspect displayed a gun and drove away, with the deputies in pursuit.
WFAA said the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooded area near the town of Sunset.
A K9 officer named Pepper from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office was released to flush out the suspect. But when the Dutch Shepherd located the man, the suspect opened fire and killed the dog.
Troopers returned fire, killing the suspect. His name was not released.
Officers could be seen consoling the dog’s handlers at the scene. Pepper was one of the department’s newest K9s, on the force for only a few months.