Trooper K9 dead, suspect shot in shoulder

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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - An Alaska State Trooper K9 was killed and a suspect was injured after a shootout near Palmer early Sunday morning.

Alaska State Troopers said a Palmer Police Officer tried to pull over Almando Abarca within the city limits of Palmer.

Troopers said Abarca was driving a four-door Geo sedan with three passengers and continued driving down the Glenn Highway for several miles, eluding officers.

Troopers said that's when Palmer Police requested backup from AST.

Abarca eventually pulled into a driveway near the Glenn Highway/Parks Highway interchange and exited the vehicle.

Troopers said a Palmer Police officer and a State Trooper with a K9 then followed the suspect into the woods.

Abarca fired multiple rounds and hit the AST K9, according to Troopers.

Both officers fired back and hit Abarca once in the shoulder.

Abarca was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

The K9 was taken to an emergency veterinarian in critical condition, and later died of multiple gunshot wounds.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is on scene conducting an investigation. The officers names won’t be released for 72 hours, per AST policy.

Abarca is charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, harming a police dog in the first degree, and eluding police. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the suspect as Armando Abarca, per the Alaska State Trooper Dispatch website. A spokesman for AST says the suspect's name is actually Almando.

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