LAKE CITY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida police K-9 is lost in the woods after getting loose while chasing a suspect on Monday.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office issued a community alert just before 8 a.m. saying the K-9 got off-leash when it was sent after a suspect near the Sheriff’s Office Operation Center.
The K-9 was described as a German Shepard and is wearing a marked harness. Deputies are searching a remote area between Tyre Road and the entrance to Florida Gateway College and between US-90 and SR-100, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said the man who was accused of fleeing deputies has been captured. The suspect was identified as Justin Dewey Pike, 29.
Anyone who sees the missing K-9 is asked to call dispatch at (386) 719-2005.