Police K9 struck when fleeing gunman opens fire

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Joseph Conway

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — The search continues for the man who opened fire on a Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Deputy and K9 after a Sunday night traffic stop.

The incident began at about 9:10 p.m. Sunday when deputies pulled over a driver wanted on numerous felony warrants out Fredericksburg.

While the driver was taken into custody without incident, passenger Joseph Conway, 34 of King George County, got out of the vehicle, got into a fight with the deputy, and ran off, a Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

“A Spotsylvania K-9 Deputy and his k-9 partner had arrived and the K-9 was released to chase the suspect. After a short pursuit, Conway pulled a pistol from his clothing and fired several rounds at the pursuing Deputies and the K-9, striking the dog at least one time,” Captain Jeff Pearce said. “The Deputies returned fire and Conway then into a neighborhood nearby. None of the Deputies were injured and it is unknown if Conway was injured during the exchange of gunfire.”

Dux, the K-9, was taken to the emergency vet. His condition has not been released.

“Additional Deputies, assisted by the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Virginia State Police, have established a perimeter around the area and are actively looking for the suspect,” Pearce said. “Arrest warrants have been issued for Conway, charging him with 2 counts of Attempted Capital Murder of Law Enforcement and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.”

Conway is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, you’re asked to call police.