Arizona man fatally shoots police dog during foot chase, dies of suicide

Arizona man fatally shoots police dog during foot chase, dies of suicide

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EL MIRAGE — A police dog was fatally shot in suburban Phoenix by a man who led officers on a foot chase, authorities say.

Police dog Koki was killed in the shooting Friday evening by 38-year-old Joe Ruelas, who was wanted on suspicion of aggravated assault, El Mirage Police Department says.

Ruelas ran from the scene holding a handgun as he was being arrested and the dog’s handler let the animal loose to pursue Ruelas, who fatally shot Koki, police said.

Ruelas then ran out of sight and was later found dead at a home in an apparent suicide.

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