UPDATE (March 22, 2019) -- Cortez Boxley was found not guilty of attempted murder and guilty of carrying a handgun without a license, resisting law enforcement and striking a law enforcement animal. He was sentenced to 5 years, with 1,121 days (about 3 years) suspended and given credit for 528 days of time served.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indiana State Police K9 is recovering after suffering a gunshot wound during a police-action shooting on the city’s northeast side Tuesday night.
The incident happened in the area of 38th St. and Post Rd. at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Police say troopers were in the area looking for two suspects who had fled from officers earlier in the day.
Police say Trooper Walter Butt came upon a person who matched the description of one of the suspects and began to pat him down. That’s when the subject reportedly fled.
Trooper Butt released K9 officer Apache, and he made contact with the suspect. Police say the man fired several rounds at the dog and the trooper. The officer returned fire, striking the suspect.
He was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition. He was later identified as Cortez Lavine Boxley, 26, of Indianapolis.
Immediately after the shooting, Apache ran from the scene. He remained on the loose for nearly 12 hours, and residents were advised not to approach the dog. Indiana State Police said the K9 was located shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday when a citizen contacted police about a possible sighting on Aspen Way. When Trooper Butt arrived, K9 Apache immediately ran to his side. Initially, police did not believe Apache was injured, but a veterinarian discovered he had been shot in the neck. He is expected to fully recover. Police are investigating to determine the source of the gunshot wound.