Suspect arrested after opening fire on Spotsylvania deputies, striking police K9

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The suspect wanted in the shooting of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s K-9 shooting and attempted capital murder of deputies has been captured, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

34-year-old Joseph Conway was taken into custody Monday night in Richmond.

The incident began at around 9 p.m. Sunday when deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor infraction. The driver of the vehicle was wanted on numerous felony warrants out of the City of Fredericksburg and was taken into custody without incident, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office’s press release. The passenger, identified as Conway, got out of the vehicle and became involved in a physical altercation with the deputy, after which the suspect attempted to flee on foot.

A Spotsylvania K9 Deputy and his K9 partner, Dux, had arrived and Dux was released to chase the suspect, according to the release. After a short pursuit, Conway pulled a pistol from his clothing and fired several rounds at the pursuing deputies and the K9, striking the dog at least one time.

The deputies returned fire and Conway then ran into a neighborhood nearby.  Dux was taken to the emergency veterinary hospital and went into surgery Monday morning. On Tuesday, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said Dux was OK and is expected to be released Wednesday afternoon.

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