Search continues for man accused of opening fire on Virginia deputies, shooting police dog

(Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office)

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, Va. (WRIC) — A manhunt is underway Monday morning for the suspect involved in a shootout with police.

Officers are trying to track down 34-year-old Joseph Conway, the man accused of opening fire on Spotsylvania deputies Sunday night and striking a police dog.

It all started around 9 p.m. when deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor infraction. The driver of the vehicle was wanted on numerous felony warrants out of the City of Fredericksburg and was taken into custody without incident, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office’s press release.

The passenger, identified as Conway, got out of the vehicle and became involved in a physical altercation with the deputy, after which the suspect attempted to flee on foot.

A Spotsylvania K9 Deputy and his K9 partner, Dux, had arrived and Dux was released to chase the suspect, according to the release. After a short pursuit, Conway pulled a pistol from his clothing and fired several rounds at the pursuing deputies and the K9, striking the dog at least one time.

The deputies returned fire and Conway then into a neighborhood nearby. None of the deputies were injured and it is unknown if Conway was injured during the exchange of gunfire.

Dux was taken to the emergency veterinary hospital. The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office says before the K9 went into surgery Monday morning, he was alert and able to walk on his own.

Conway is still considered armed and dangerous. If anyone sees Conway, do not approach him and call the police.

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