UPDATE: The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s office announced that Joseph Conway, the suspect who fired at police and injured a Spotsylvania County K-9, has been apprehended.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s office reports that one of its police dogs was shot while pursuing a suspect on Sunday night.
According to officials, Spotsylvania County Deputies conducted a routine traffic stop for a minor infraction around 9 p.m. on Sunday. The driver of the vehicle was wanted on several felony warrants out of the city of Fredericksburg. He was taken into custody without incident. However, the car’s other passenger, identified as 34-year-old Joseph Conway, got out of the car and became involved in a physical altercation with an officer. Then, Conway attempted to flee on foot. A K-9 Deputy and his K-9 partner arrived on the scene and the K-9 was released to chase the suspect. During this pursuit, Conway pulled out a pistol and fired several rounds. The dog was struck at least once. The deputies returned fire, but Conway ran into a nearby neighborhood. The dog, named Dux, was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital and his condition is not known at this time.
The Sheriff’s Office reports that arrest warrants have been issued for Conway, charging him with two counts of attempted murder of law enforcement and possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon.
Police ask that anyone who comes in contact with Conway should contact police or call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous.