Search for Robbery Suspect, Schools Delayed

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -- Richland County Sheriff's Deputies and Columbia Police officers are looking for a man who shot a police K9 Officer after an armed robbery.

Richland County Sheriff's Deputies say the man robbed someone in the parking lot of Johnson's Store on Monticello Road early Friday morning.

When deputies chased him, a K9 dog bit the man, but he shot the dog several times.  Deputies say the suspect also fired shots at them.  Deputies say they returned fire. Sheriff Leon Lott tells WIS News 10 the dog may not survive.

Deputies describe the suspect as a black man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a mustache.  He was wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and a black shirt.

Deputies say he is armed and dangerous, so if you see him, call 911.  They are using helicopters from two counties, and other K9 officers to search the area near Monticello Road and Dixie Drive.

Several Schools in the area are on a 2-hour delay because of the search.  Richland District One reports the following schools are delayed 2 hours:

Alcorn Middle School, Arden Elementary, Hyatt Park Elementary, E.E. Taylor Elementary, Heyward Gibbes Middle Schoool, and Eau Clair High School.

Buses delivering students to the delayed schools will pick them up 2 hours later than normal.

The shuttle bus that picks up students at Eau Clair High School to take them to the Olympia Learning Center is on a 2-hour delay.

WIS News 10's Jody Barr is at the scene.  Count on WIS to continue following this breaking news.