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Hartford's K-9 Flash Locates Attempted Homicide Handgun

Wednesday morning, February 21 around 1:34 a.m. a 31-year-old Racine woman was dropped off at a hospital in West Bend with a gunshot wound to the neck. An unknown male subject immediately left the scene after dropping her off. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the hospital, obtained a description of the vehicle involved and learned the shooting occurred at an unknown residence in the City of West Bend.

The vehicle was located by a West Bend Police Officer a short time later, with the driver trying to walk away. The 38-year-old man from Milwaukee was taken into custody without incident.

Information was obtained regarding the firearm. It had been thrown from the suspect's vehicle in the vicinity of Hwy 45 and Paradise Dr.

Officer Parker and K-9 Flash of the Hartford Police Department were requested to conduct an article search to locate the firearm. The team began the search near the on- ramp for Hwy. 45 near Paradise Dr. After extensively searching the ditch line for approximately one mile, K-9 Flash showed several behavioral changes indicating he found the human odor and began sprinting southbound. After several hundred feet, K-9 Flash placed his nose to the ground and laid down right next to a handgun. It was recovered and estimated to have been in the grass for 13 hours.

Several witnesses were located and interviewed. The man has been placed in the Washington County Jail for attempted first degree homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The woman remains hospitalized and is expected to recover.

The investigation is ongoing.