Sheriff’s Office: Alleged K-9 killer known to use meth

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The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a fugitive wanted for allegedly killing a K-9 officer. Authorities say the man could be in an altered state of mind.

In a press release Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office stated Michael Paul Koch, 35, of Grand Saline, has a history of continued methamphetamine usage and is a threat to the public with his possibly altered frame of mind. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for a tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of Koch.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Koch please call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600 or any Law Enforcement Agency.

Koch is accused of fatally shooting K-9 Officer Ogar on Tuesday following a traffic stop near the city of Lindale. The man ran into a wooded area during the stop and local, state and federal law enforcement has been searching for him since. 

Koch has previously been arrested in Smith County on a handful of evading charges. When Smith County deputies picked him up back in January 2015, he was wanted for evading arrest in Kennedy County, Wood County (x3), Van Zandt County and Skeen County.

Officer Ogar had been partnered with Precinct 5 Constable Deputy Kevin Petty a little more than a year when he was killed.

Ogar’s body has been sent to Texas A&M to undergo a necropsy for a DNA swab. A memorial service will be held on Saturday in Lindale at the First Baptist Church.

The suspect is known to travel through Van Zandt County and northwest Smith County. He is wanted for the offense of interference with police service animals by killing, a second degree felony.

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