PORTLAND -- A K-9 whose human partner was shot and wounded early Wednesday morning in Southwest Portland was found dead from a gunshot wound after a widespread search involving police, bloodhounds, area residents and even TriMet bus drivers.
The dog was found under a hedge in a neighborhood near where the shooting took place. Police said he had been shot to death.
"The dog was doing its job. It was out in the community and it was tragic it was shot," said Portland Police Chief Mike Reese.
The German Shepherd vanished after the officer-involved shooting, according to Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. He had been wearing a specialized K-9 police harness, but not a bullet-proof vest.
The wounded officer was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he was recovering Wednesday. Simpson said he was in "good spirits" and his condition was not life-threatening.
Reese added that the officers and their K-9 partners "are very close" and it's always difficult when one of these dogs is killed in the line of duty.
Portland police held a processional for the fallen K-9 from the shooting scene to a Southeast Portland veterinarian around 11:15 a.m.