Officer, Police Dog Shot During Struggle


UPDATED: Monday August 24, 2009 12:16 PM

Police were searching for a man accused of shooting a police officer and his canine partner Sunday night.

Officer Mike Schiele, 29, was serving Dominic Conley with a misdemeanor warrant at about 8:30 p.m. when police said Conley opened fire, 10TV's Tino Ramos reported.

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Cliffwood Avenue and Indiana Street.

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Investigators said Conley fired shots at the officer and his dog, Bosco, during a struggle, Ramos reported.

Schiele, a six-year police veteran, was transported to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. He was treated and released early Monday.

Bosco was set to undergo surgery on Monday in Columbus. He was expected to recover from his injuries.

Witnesses told 10TV News they heard several shots fired and saw the officer and the dog lying in the street.

"I heard two shots, grabbed my kids and went down and hid," said Laurie Forshey, who was nearby. "When I got up, there was a cop laying over there and a dog laying over there, and the cop was over top the dog trying to get the dog."

Police believe Conley made his way to the area of Greenwood Avenue, located near Interstate 70. Officers searched at least one home near the area but did not find Conley.

Conley, whom police described as white man in his 20s with a prominent tattoo on his neck, may have fled Zanesville. Police said Conley is considered armed and dangerous.

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