An Arizona police K-9 was fatally shot while trying to catch a suspect who was later found dead, authorities said.
Investigators were trying to arrest Joe Ruelas, 38, for aggravated assault, around 5:20 p.m. on Friday when he apparently tried running from police.
A K-9 with the El Mirage Police Department, named Koki, was unleashed and tried to capture Ruelas on foot, KSAZ-TV reported. During the pursuit, Ruelas shot and killed Koki.
Two police officers fired back at Ruelas but he escaped. He was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.
Paul Marzocca, police chief in El Mirage, said the K-9 was “killed in the line of duty tonight protecting other officers from harm.” Koki served with the El Mirage Police Department for four years.