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Man dies in police shootout in South Bend; injured dog may not return to duty

Luna, the police dog of the St. Joseph County Sgt. Matt Parmalee, is shown in a display. (Photo Provided/South Bend Police Department)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP/WISH) — Authorities say a suspect died and a police officer and a police dog also were shot during a shootout that ensued from serving an arrest warrant.

They say 30-year-old Rodney Ross shot at police and then fled a South Bend home as officers attempted to arrest him Tuesday morning, then died in the shootout when police found him hours later.

Police say one officer received a leg injury and was treated at a hospital before being released Tuesday night to recover at home. He was identified Wednesday as Officer Joseph Kasznia of the Pokagon Tribal Police Department. Kasznia is a member of the St. Joseph County Metro SWAT Team.

A police dog named Luna also was shot and she was transported to North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in Westville for treatment. Veterinarians said they could not remove a bullet from the dog and it could be a month or two before Luna returns to duty. “At this time doctors do not know if she will be able to return to service with the department or not,” said a Facebook post from South Bend Police Department.

A GoFundMe page was created for the dog.

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An autopsy for Ross was scheduled for Thursday morning.

Luna Update:Luna is expected to survive and recover. At this time doctors do not believe they will remove the bullet….

Posted by St. Joseph County Police Department on Wednesday, 14 October 2020

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