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Man dies after running from officers; police dog shot

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Apr 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-18 17:57:18-04

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot a police dog as he ran away from a traffic checkpoint in Georgia was found dead by a SWAT team in the woods several hours later.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says members of the SWAT team said they heard a gunshot as they tried to talk to the man in Douglasville about 5 a.m. Sunday and found him wounded with a gun nearby.

The GBI says the incident began three hours earlier when the man drove and then later ran away from a traffic checkpoint near Interstate 20.

Authorities say the police dog named “Jerry Lee” survived and is being treated by a veterinarian.