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Originally published Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:21 AM

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Man shoots police dog, police kill man in Spokane

SPOKANE — Police killed a fleeing suspect who shot a police dog in Spokane.

SPOKANE — Police killed a fleeing suspect who shot a police dog in Spokane.

The Spokane sheriff's office says the chase began Tuesday night when an officer attempted to pull over a car for reckless driving. The driver sped away, high-centered on a lane divider then ran.

A police dog and his handler tracked the suspect to an alley, near Lacrosse and Division.

The sheriff's office says the suspect pulled a pistol and shot the dog. The handler then shot the suspect who died early this morning at a hospital. He is identified as Johnnie L. Longest, who has a record including vehicle theft and drug possession.

The car Longest was driving had been stolen.

The police dog is reported in stable condition at a pet emergency clinic.

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