State and local police backed by SWAT officers and at least one helicopter searched early Friday for a gunman who shot two officers and killed a police dog in the central Indiana town of Pendleton, authorities said.
A Madison County police spokesperson told NBC News that the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. Law enforcement officers were "actively working" on the case and local residents had been advised to remain inside, the spokesperson said.
Todd Harmeson, a spokesman for the Madison County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, told NBC station WTHR-Indianapolis that officers were involved in a routine call around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when multiple shots were fired, with at least two people sustaining injuries.
Two officers were taken to area hospitals from the shooting scene. An officer from the Anderson, Ind., Police Department was taken by air ambulance to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis with a gunshot wound to the leg. That officer underwent surgery but was alert and talking, police told WTHR.
An officer from the Pendleton Police Department returned to the scene after being treated for a graze wound to the leg. The Pendleton officer's car was also struck by bullets, WTHR reported.
The police spokesperson told NBC News that a dog working with the officers was shot and killed during the incident.
Pendleton, a town of about 4,000 residents, is situated approximately 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
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