Armed robbery suspect who shot police dog found dead in woods

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MARION, Ind. – Marion police say the armed robbery suspect who shot a police K9 and exchanged gunfire with officers Thursday night has been found dead.

According to the Marion Police Department, the suspect was located just after 7 a.m. Friday in a wooded area behind the McDonald’s restaurant he robbed Thursday night. The Grant County Coroner’s Office and Indiana State Police have been notified.

The robbery happened at McDonald’s in the 2000 block of South Western Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived, the suspect ran through a parking lot towards a wooded area.

A K9 tracked the suspect and bit him at least twice. Police say the suspect shot the dog in the leg. At that time, a Marion police officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The suspect continued to run from officers into the woods.

Police described the suspect as a light-skinned black male, between 5’10 and 6’02, thin build with short, curly hair. He was wearing a half mask covering his face up to his nose, gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, gloves, dark pants and dark shoes. Police have not yet released his identity.

The K9 officer suffered a graze wound to the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.