Shot K9 returns to Moses Lake with honor procession

Chief underwent emergency surgery; he is now stable, returning to Moses Lake

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EMMA LEDBETTER

Officer Nick Stewart walks K9 Chief out of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 10:30 am.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

A 25-car escort waited to take Chief, Moses Lake K9 police dog, home this morning around 10:30 a.m. after he was released from WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Chief was shot in his left eye on Friday night while pursuing a felony robbery suspect, said Charlie Powell, public information officer for the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Nick Stewart, Moses Lake Police Officer and Chief’s handler, shot and killed the suspect after the suspect shot Chief, Powell said.

Chief was airlifted to WSU, where he arrived around 2:35 a.m. Saturday morning, Powell said. He underwent emergency surgery and is now stable. 

“He had an amazing recovery,” Stewart said. “I thought he was going to die that night.”

Officers from Moses Lake Police, Spokane, Pullman, Cheney and other law enforcement agencies were present at Chief’s release.

Chief received preliminary medical care in Moses Lake before being transported, Stewart said.

Doctors will continue to monitor Chief’s progress, Powell said. 

Moses Lake Police Department set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Chief’s medical expenses.