WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – While working to apprehend an armed carjacking suspect, a Whitley County Sheriff’s Department K9 perished in a fiery wreck with the suspect Wednesday.
On Wednesday, July 10, Indiana State Police was chasing a man who stole a Crysler 200 in Plymouth, Indiana, and he refused to stop.
The chase continued east on US 30 from Kosciusko County, and entered into Whitley County.
In order to stop the suspect, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department K9 Officer Gary Archbold put out stop sticks at the intersection of US 30 and County Road 450 West.
Deputy Archbold parked his K9 vehicle in the crossover between the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic.
Police said when the suspect closed in, he crossed over both lanes and into the crossover, striking the squad car at a high rate of speed. Officer Archbold was outside of his vehicle at the time.
K9 Castorka or “Cas,” was trapped inside as the police vehicle went up in flames.
K9 Cas died from her injuries.
Officer Archbold wasn’t hurt, but the suspect had to be taken to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment.
At this point, police are trying to piece together what happened, and charges may be filed once the suspect is released from the hospital.
A memorial service honoring the fallen K9 is set for Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. at the First Church of God in Whitley County.
The memorial is open to the public.
If you’d like to make donations in Cas’ name, you can make them out to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department K9 Fund, 101 W. Market Street, Columbia City, IN 46725.