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OWNER: Car involved in LMPD shooting stolen with beloved canine, Max

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Jason Alexander says he was less concerned about the car, and more worried about what the thief took in the backseat: his one-year-old German Shepherd, Max. Jason Alexander says he was less concerned about the car, and more worried about what the thief took in the backseat: his one-year-old German Shepherd, Max.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An LMPD officer shot a man in the woods saying he crashed a stolen vehicle -- but apparently the car wasn't the only thing taken.

Jason Alexander's car was stolen from the Walmart in Corydon on April 6.

"Shame on him is really what I want to say," Alexander said. "Shame on you for doing that."

But on Tuesday, just as he was about to buy a new vehicle, his old one showed up on the news. The 99 Nissan Pathfinder crashed into the woods, part of the officer involved-shooting off the Gene Snyder Freeway.

Alexander says he was less concerned about the car, and more worried about what the thief took in the backseat: his one-year-old German Shepherd, Max.

"The car is just a material item, but my dog is a family member," Alexander said. "I didn't know what he would do to him. I didn't know if he'd just killed him.

Max was not in the car when it crashed. He had been found a few days earlier, in New Middletown, Indiana.

Alexander says he had a dog gate confining the pup to back of his SUV.

He's most disturbed by how witnesses say the thief got rid of Max.

"He's pretty much trained to stay in the vehicle unless I tell him to get out, and he wouldn't leave the vehicle, so the guy got back in the car and gunned it to make him fall out, abandoning him out in the country," he said.

On Wednesday, police confirmed WDRB reports naming Joseph Buckman, Jr., their suspect. They also identified Nicholas Lietz as the officer who fired the shots that hit him in the leg.

"At this point, we do not know what threat Officer Lietz perceived from Mr. Buckman that prompted him to fire his weapon," said Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. "This point will be addressed as part of our public integrity investigation."

The suspect was unarmed and his father has been questioning the shooting.

"I want to know why they would discharge a weapon," said Joseph Buckman, the suspect's father. "That is for deadly force."

Jason Alexander says he's got all the answers he needs.

"I'm sorry you got shot, but if you're going to do that sort of thing, you've got to be expecting to pay," he said.

We're told Joseph Buckman remains in the hospital today.

He's being held on a felony warrant.

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