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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:40 pm

Police dog killed in fiery crash following chase

The Journal Gazette

A police dog was killed and a Whitley County sheriff's deputy's car was destroyed in a fiery crash following a carjacking Wednesday, investigators said. 

U.S. 30 was closed for about four hours because of the incident. It was unclear if anyone was arrested.

The Plymouth Police Department reported an armed carjacking around 3:30 p.m. near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive, according to a news release. An Indiana State Police officer later saw the car – a black 2016 Chrysler – on U.S. 30, near Foxfarm Road, and "a high-risk stop was attempted" near Meijer Drive in Kosciusko County, the release states. 

Police said the Chrysler stopped and a passenger got out, but the car sped off. In Whitley County, a deputy positioned his 2019 Dodge Charger in the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Road 450 West.

The Chrysler slammed into the passenger side of the police vehicle, which contained the dog and burst into flames. 

"Officers were unable to get the K9 patrol dog out of the Charger and it died on the scene," the release states. "The deputy was unharmed."

The driver of the Chrysler was not identified and received minor injuries in the crash, police said.