A Michigan State Police K-9 officer is recovering after being stabbed while hunting down suspects in a drive-by shooting.

Troopers from the MSP Lakeview Post were called about 3:50 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 to reports of shots fired in a drive-by shooting near Howard City and Edmore Road in Reynolds Township.

Investigators soon learned while on scene the victim was receiving text messages from the suspect. Police were able to track the suspect to a gas station in Howard City and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The suspect fled in his vehicle and a pursuit began. It ended a few miles away behind a home where two suspects fled into a wooded area.

A Michigan State Police K-9 unit was called to the scene and K-9 officer Bolt was able to locate both suspects.

During the search, police said one suspect tried to stab the K-9 with a pocket knife.

The man was tased and taken into custody.

Bolt was injured and taken to the MSU Veterinarian Hospital. He was treated and released on August 8.

He will recover for a few weeks before returning to duty.

Both suspects were arrested on felony charges.

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