Chase ends with officer-involved shooting on I-5 in Grand Mound; police K-9 injured

Chase ends with officer-involved shooting on I-5 in Grand Mound; police K-9 injured
(WSDOT)

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. — An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday night in Grand Mound.

The shooting happened sometime around 8:30 p.m. on Interstate 5 near Highway 12 and Great Wolf Lodge.

Officials with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and state troopers were chasing a vehicle and the pursuit ended on southbound I-5 at milepost 88.

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Traffic was brought to a standstill. Officers fired their weapons, striking a 25-year-old man who was taken to the hospital in serious condition, deputies said.

Law enforcement said a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was struck by gunfire but will survive. No officers were injured.

On Thursday, Lacey police identified the K-9 as Arlo.

The K-9 was taken down to the Oregon State University Veterinary School of Medicine and was examined by neurosurgeons, as the dog suffered a fractured vertebra and a fractured scapula.

On Friday, three neurosurgeons and an orthopedic surgeon performed multiple surgeries and removed a bullet from near Arlo’s spine. Three of Arlo’s vertebrae were fused with screws and cement, and bone fragments were removed from his spine and surrounding areas.

Authorities have not said what led to the chase, resulting in a shooting.

The shooting will be investigated by the Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team, which is led by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.