Zanesville Police Detective Sergeant Ric Roush says a ZPD Officer and a K-9 dog have been shot, and there’s a massive search to find the shooter.
It happened around 8:30 p.m. on Indiana Street within the Manor Apartments.
Zanesville Resident Brooklyn Caldwell says she heard shots right outside her apartment.
“When I come outside, I seen the police officer laying on the ground next to his dog. I just seen a lot of blood. So, I instantly called the ambulance, ” says Caldwell.
A police scanner indicated that the name of the officer is Patrolman Mike Schiele and the name of the K-9 is Bosco. Neither Roush nor Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz could confirm these names.
Roush says the officer was shot once in the left leg. He says he couldn’t give the officer’s condition at this time.
Roush says the K-9 with the officer was shot twice. He says the dog is being seen by a vet, and he says the dog’s condition is not looking very good right now.
Caldwell, who called in the ambulance for the officer, says agrees.
“The dog was motionless, lying on the ground, ” says Caldwell.
Roush says the officer was responding to an altercation that seems to have escalated, with shots being fired.
“After the altercation, the suspect fled on foot. We’re currently looking for him at this time, ” says Roush.
Authorities are on the lookout for the shooter and have blocked off portions of Greenwood Avenue, just outside the downtown area.
Sheriff Lutz says crews are searching in different areas of town for the suspect.