Suspect in shooting involving K-9 Nicky dies

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The suspect in the March 31 officer-involved shooting that resulted in a Metro K-9 officer being shot and killed, has died.

31-year-old James Simpson died in the early morning hours of May 13 due to complications of multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at a home in the 9800 block of N. Fast Elk Street, just north of Horse Drive and Fort Apache Road. Metro said Brandon Hughes, 31, and his mother Felecia Wimberly-Hughes, 46, were found shot and killed at the northwest home. They live next to Simpson’s mother.

Metro received reports of the suspect and later identified as Simpson walking around shooting a handgun in the neighborhood. When officers arrived, they encountered Simpson.

Metro said K-9 Nicky was shot and killed by friendly fire trying to take down Simpson. 

K-9 Nicky was released in an attempt to arrest Simpson, but he picked his gun up and started running away. Police said he turned and fired a shot at officers and a gun battle ensued. Nikki did bite and hang onto Simpson. In all, police fired two dozen shots.

K-9 Nicky was shot and killed during the exchange.

Simpson was being treated at University Medical Center for the injuries and paralyzed over the incident. He was facing two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of kidnapping, three counts of shooting into an occupied structure. 

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