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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette A Whitley County sheriff's car is decorated with flowers, tennis balls, stuffed animals and packages of Cheetos after the loss of K9 Cas, who was killed in a crash on US 30 Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 1:00 am

Police

Crash after carjacking leaves police dog dead

Journal Gazette

A police dog was killed and a Whitley County sheriff's deputy's car was destroyed in a fiery crash following a carjacking Wednesday, investigators said.

U.S. 30 was closed for about four hours. It was unclear whether anyone was arrested.

The Plymouth Police Department reported an armed carjacking around 3:30 p.m. near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive, according to a news release. An Indiana State Police trooper later saw the car – a black 2016 Chrysler – on U.S. 30 near Foxfarm Road, and “a high-risk stop was attempted” in Kosciusko County, the release said.

Police said the Chrysler stopped and a passenger got out, but the car sped off. In Whitley County, a deputy positioned his car in the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Road 450 West.

The Chrysler slammed into the passenger side of the police vehicle, which contained the dog, and burst into flames. The deputy was unharmed.

The driver of the Chrysler was not identified and received minor injuries in the crash, police said.