TBI: 1 dead, La Vergne police K-9 injured in Rutherford County shooting

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La VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man is dead and a La Vergne K-9 officer injured following a Rutherford County shooting, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

TBI officials said it happened Tuesday afternoon near the La Vergne Police Department on Murfreesboro Road where an officer was fired upon. A vehicle pursuit took place and ended at Rutherford Pointe Apartments. The suspect was found dead in his vehicle. TBI agents say after the shooting took place, it was discovered the K-9 officer had been shot.

K-9 Officer Sjaak (Source: City of La Vergne)

The officer was not injured, but the K-9 officer had surgery Tuesday, and will undergo major surgery Wednesday at noon. The K-9 officer has been identified as Officer Sjaak and has been with the department for three years. His handler is Officer Justin Darby, who has been with the department since 2012.

Sjaak is expected to make a full recovery. He was shot three times – in the leg, stomach and chest area. Metal from his cage in the patrol car also entered his body.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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