ISP investigating officer involved shooting, missing K9 located

Apache and Trooper Butts at the veterinarian's office after the shooting - Photo courtesy ISP Photo courtesy ISP Photo courtesy ISP Photo courtesy ISP Photo courtesy ISP

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that left the suspect and a K-9 with gunshot wounds.

Trooper Walter Butt and his K9 partner Apache were searching for a man who had fled from police earlier in the evening when they noticed a man matching the suspect's description in the area of 38th Street and Post Road in Indianapolis.

The trooper spoke with the subject, later identified as 26-year-old Cortez Lavine Boxley. When Trooper Butt attempted to pad down Boxley for weapons, Boxley ran from the scene.

Apache was deployed in an effort to stop Boxley from fleeing.

As Apache approached the suspect, Boxley turned and fired multiple shots from a handgun towards the trooper and Apache, reports said.

The trooper returned fire and struck Boxley, police said.

Apache then ran from the scene.

Trooper Butt and two other troopers began live saving procedures on Boxley, including applying a tourniquet to his leg to stop the bleeding.

Boxley was then transported to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment. He is in serious condition, but is stable.

A handgun, black mask and drug paraphernalia were recovered at the scene, police said.

After a 12 hour search for Apache, a citizen called in a possible sighting. When Trooper Butt arrived to the area, Apache immediately ran to his side.

During an exam by a veterinarian, it was discovered Apache suffered a gunshot wound to the neck. He is expected to fully recover.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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