A K-9 officer who disappeared during a gunfight that killed an Arkansas sheriff's deputy on Wednesday was found alive but wounded Friday morning.
K-9 Kina was found just before 8 a.m. in a fenced in yard about 2 miles from the scene of the shooting, according to police in Greenwood, outside Fort Smith.
The dog was immediately taken to a local veterinarian to be treated. She had been shot twice and was found with bullet entrance and exit wounds, police said. Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said Kina has wounds to her neck and back.
X-rays showed some bullet fragments still lodged in Kina. The veterinarian told police had she been shot 2 inches lower on one of the shots, she would not have survived.
Kina was also dehydrated, and was receiving fluids.
When Kina was spotted, she came running to her handler, Cpl. Dennis Wisner, and the two went to the veterinarian together. She was still wearing her bullet-proof vest when she was found.
Officers and volunteers have been searching for Kina ever since she disappeared during the gunfight with suspect Billy Jones at home off Highway 253, police said. The K-9 had been in Wisner's vehicle when she was shot. Kina then took off and officers found blood in her kennel, leading them to believe she had been hit.
Crews used ATVs and helicopters to aid in the search.