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A 35-year-old Missouri man who killed a state police dog died hours after being shot by officers in a gunfight, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a news release from Arkansas State Police, James Edward Blackmon of St. Louis was stopped by troopers shortly before 7 p.m. Monday on Interstate 55 in Mississippi County after his vehicle was identified as one that was sought by Missouri authorities.

When Blackmon ran, two troopers and a Mississippi County sheriff's deputy chased him, the release states. Arkansas State Police spokeswoman Liz Chapman said the chase happened near Luxora. Eventually, a trooper released a police dog, who caught up with the Missouri man, authorities said.

Blackmon fired at the dog, Hemi, killing it, according to the agency. He then began shooting at the troopers and deputies, who returned fire, the release states.

He was caught at 7:11 p.m. and taken to a nearby hospital, where he died Tuesday morning, police said. His body will be taken to the state Crime Lab.

Hemi, a 6-year-old Dutch shepherd, had been with state police since 2013, Chapman said.

On Twitter, the agency shared a picture of the dog and wrote: "Rest easy hero, we will miss you!”

Two troopers have been placed on paid leave, Arkansas State Police said. Chapman said it is policy for troopers at the scene of an officer-involved shooting to be placed on leave. The results of an investigation will be given to the Mississippi County prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force was warranted.

The Mississippi County sheriff’s office declined to identify the deputy but said he had been placed on paid leave, per the agency's policy.


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  • Murphy01
    July 31, 2018 at 1:13 p.m.

    RIP Hemi.

  • Packman
    July 31, 2018 at 1:44 p.m.

    RIP, Hemi, and good riddance to the thug that killed you. No doubt this brave canine gave his lie to save the lives of his human partners. Amiwrong to hope this bad guy suffered like hell before he died?

  • JJoutlaw
    July 31, 2018 at 2:15 p.m.

    No one will miss the thug. RIP Hemi.

  • jylatham
    July 31, 2018 at 3:41 p.m.

    Hemi's handler will NEED that time off to grieve his partner. Dog bless.

  • ZeebronZ
    July 31, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.

    RIP Hemi. You did your job and your Brothers and Sisters made sure you didn't die in vain. Now the state won't have to house another cop killer.

  • obbie
    July 31, 2018 at 4:55 p.m.

    I feel sorry for the dog. Glad the officers are safe.

  • hurricane46
    July 31, 2018 at 6:04 p.m.

    Poor dog, the guy that shot him, eh, who cares.

  • Jelinck
    July 31, 2018 at 7:54 p.m.

    This St. Louis man made some terrible decisions that resulted in the tragic death of a police dog, his own death, who was probably a criminal, but I am sure his family will grieve over his death, and maybe the worst of all, two police officers that fired at the man and will live with the fact that they took another man's life. Nothing good here except a criminal is off the streets of America.

  • DANNY46
    July 31, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.

    Good riddance to this thug!!!

  • salbarado308
    July 31, 2018 at 10:41 p.m.

    Why was Blackmon wanted by Missouri authorities?