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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Pa. man kills K-9, is fatally shot by cops

    By Wade Malcolm
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old Allentown man who shot and killed a K-9 dog during a confrontation in Mount Oliver last night.
    A crowd of angry onlookers, including the victim's family, quickly gathered at the scene in the 1600 block of Arlington Avenue. Dozens of officers also arrived on the scene, some with K-9 dogs, to help keep the crowd under control.
    The victim's parents identified him as Justin Jackson of the 1500 block of Arlington Avenue. A spokesman for the Allegheny County medical examiner's office confirmed Mr. Jackson had died but said the cause and manner of death would be determined in an autopsy today.
    The K-9 dog, named Aulf, was 6 years old and was assigned to an officer who is a 12-year veteran of the police bureau, said Chief Nate Harper.
    Chief Harper, appearing at a news conference last night at police headquarters, gave this account of the shooting, which occurred shortly before 7 p.m.:
    The officer, who is a member of the police bureau's street response unit, spotted a man walking down Arlington Avenue with his hand concealed under his jacket.
    Believing the man was holding a gun, the officer stopped and told him to pull his hand from his pocket. The officer reported that he saw a gun and released the K-9 to subdue Mr. Jackson.
    Mr. Jackson shot the dog and the officer immediately fired his weapon at the suspect. Both men fired several rounds, Chief Harper said. The officer, who was not identified, was not wounded in the shooting.
    At the time of the shooting, Mr. Jackson was on the sidewalk and the officer was standing in the street, Chief Harper said.
    The spot where the shooting occurred is just over the city line in the borough of Mount Oliver.
    Two blocks of Arlington Avenue were closed by police as they investigated.
    The victim's father, Donald James Jackson, said a police officer told him "our dog got shot so we killed him."
    "They killed my son execution-style, not in the leg," the older Mr. Jackson said. "I understand things go wrong but I'm sure there's a better way to handle it."
    Chief Harper said Allegheny County police and the district attorney's office will investigate the shooting. When asked, he said early indications are that the officers acted appropriately.
    Chief Harper said he met with family members of the victim after the shooting. "It's a very unfortunate incident. Any time a life is lost, it's unfortunate."
    The chief said it was "a shame the dog also had to sacrifice its life."
    "The K-9 did what it was trained to do," he said.
    Police departments have gone to great lengths to protect their dogs, some even buying them bullet-proof vests, which can cost more than $1,000 each.
    Pittsburgh police have estimated that each year three or four dogs are injured in scuffles with suspects.
    In the 1970s, two police dogs were shot when they tried to disarm a hostage taker. They both survived; one retired, the other returned to duty.
    In November, Aucy James Andrews, 59, of the Hill District, was shot twice by an unnamed K-9 officer near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Van Braam Street. Police said Mr. Andrews stabbed a fellow tenant in the throat after an argument at his apartment complex, then tried to stab a police dog before approaching the K-9 officer with his folding knife.
    In September, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger began giving grants for police departments to purchase dogs in each town where the football team played.
    "It's something we decided to do, my foundation is doing, after the police dog in my hometown [of Findlay, Ohio] got shot and killed," Mr. Roethlisberger said at the time.
    Investigators hope to review the incident on videotape from security cameras placed in the area by UPMC.

    [​IMG]Wire Service
  2. Nighttrain

    Nighttrain MassCops Member

    Re: Pa. man kills K-9, is fatally shot by cops

    What the "victim's" father doesn't quite get is that his son didn't shoot a dog...he shot a cop. I'm glad the handler was able to avenge his partners death. Job well done by both Officer and K-9. R.I.P Aulf....good dog!
  3. screamineagle

    screamineagle Masscops Therapist

    Re: Pa. man kills K-9, is fatally shot by cops

    RIP Aulf.
  4. Portable81

    Portable81 MassCops Member

    "They killed my son execution-style, not in the leg," the older Mr. Jackson said. "I understand things go wrong but I'm sure there's a better way to handle it."

    Mr. Jackson, you've got to be kidding me! Good shoot.
  5. Hb13

    Hb13 MassCops Member

    Rest in Peace Aulf.
  6. Robert35

    Robert35 Subscribing Member

    Most People don't have any idea what a K-9 Does. As A Veteran of the Army and a Former K-9 Handler in the Army my K-9 was also there to protect me. Many a Night when we were called to assit in a Missing Child or to Search a Bldg for Suspects My K-9 was always ready to go. (I might not have been ready but she was). Our K-9's are and will always be a member of what ever dept we service. RIP Stryker you served your final tour of duty with honor.
  7. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Pittsburgh K-9 Fatally Shot by Suspect Honored


    More than 200 police officers from numerous communities gathered to remember Ulf, a Pittsburgh police K-9, on Saturday.
    As bagpipes played, Ulf was carried in a small, white casket into the police academy in East Liberty -- the place where he once trained to be an officer.
    The 6-year-old German Shepherd was killed in the line of duty Tuesday night, after being released on and shot by 19-year-old Justin Jackson in Mount Oliver, city police said.
    The dog's handler and another officer returned fire, killing Jackson on Arlington Avenue.
    Funeral services for Jackson will be held in Mount Oliver Tuesday morning.

    Story From: thepittsburghchannel.com
  8. Robert35

    Robert35 Subscribing Member

    Gave his life to protect others. RIP ULF
  9. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    Tempe, Arizona police say they will miss Baloo, the 5-year-old German shepherd police dog who fell to his death at about 6:40 p.m. Monday night as he and his partner, Officer John Holdinsky, responded to a report of suspicious activity.

    Police had learned that two men who may have been trying to steal copper had run into the fenced Farmer Street Lofts Project under construction near University Drive and Mill Avenue.

    As he searched the building, Baloo fell about 40 feet.

    Though he was rushed to an animal hospital for treatment, Baloo died.

    The patrol and narcotic-trained dog had served the Tempe Police Department since November 2004.
  10. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    K-9 shot by Fla. man fleeing police

    By Rafael A. Olmeda
    The Sun-Sentinel

    MIAMI — A K-9 dog from the Broward Sheriff's Office was shot to death early today by a man who deputies had chased from Oakland Park to outside a Miami Beach hospital, authorities said.
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    Oozi, a K-9 dog from the Broward Sheriff's Office, was shot to death by a man who deputies had chased from Oakland Park to outside a Miami Beach hospital, authorities said. (Broward Sheriff's Office)
    The suspect, identified as Delvin Lewis, 27, suffered non-life threatening injuries during a gun battle with deputies and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Sheriff's Office said.
    The Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a report of gunfire in the 300 block of Northeast 35th Court in Oakland Park about 12:30 a.m.
    "It appears the incident began as a domestic dispute, where the boyfriend fired his weapon and fled the scene (the girlfriend was not injured)," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
    Lewis fled the scene, but was spotted by police at Commercial Boulevard and Interstate 95.
    He was trailed to the parking lot of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, where Lewis opened fire and killed the police dog, named Oozi, the Sheriff's Office said.
    The 7½-year-old Belgian malinois was assigned to the Sheriff Office's Cooper City district.
    Detective Nelda Fonticiella, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, said she was there when the dead dog was removed.
    Officers at the scene consoled and embraced the dog's handler, she said.
    "These dogs are trained to put their lives on the line to protect their partners," Fonticiella said. "There's obviously a very close bond that develops between them. There has to be."
    Lewis was in stable condition, Fonticiella said.
    No information was available on charges against Lewis.
    Oozi had been trained in narcotics, but he was mainly a patrol dog, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepción said.
    He helped with hundreds of criminal apprehensions throughout his career. So far this year, he helped with at least 35, Concepción said.
    Oozi's handler, Deputy Gerald Wengert, was named the Sheriff's Office Cooper City Employee of the Month for January 2007 for his work with the dog.
    "As a result of the hard work and remarkable instinct of both Deputy Wengert and his K9 Oozi, several arrests were made in regards to burglaries to both residents and businesses in Cooper City. Deputy Wengert is commended for his outstanding acts of bravery and tracking dangerous criminals, making our streets safe," a message on the Sheriff's Office Web site says.

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  11. KozmoKramer

    KozmoKramer Administrator Staff Member

    They ask for so little in return, but they give everything they have for you.
  12. Hb13

    Hb13 MassCops Member

    Couldn't have said it better Koz.
  13. Robert35

    Robert35 Subscribing Member

    Faithful to the End. A K-9 will always stand by their master. RIP Oozi
  14. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Hundreds Gather to Remember Florida K-9

    Susannah Bryan and Sallie James Staff Writers
    Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

    Oozi was more than just any dog.
    He was a dog who caught bad guys - at least 35 this year and hundreds more during his career as a highly trained police K-9. Despite a fierce intensity on the job, he was goofy enough to make you laugh, loving enough to capture your heart, those who knew Oozi said at his memorial Wednesday.
    To his handler, Broward Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Wengert, he was part of the family: a loyal friend, an obedient partner, a fearless warrior.
    Oozi, a 7 1/2 -year-old Belgian Malinois, died in the line of duty last week, possibly a victim of friendly fire.
    More than 500 law enforcement officers and nearly 200 police dogs from around Florida mourned his loss during Wednesday's service at Cooper City High School.
    Kathy Jacobs, 60, drove an hour in the rain from Pompano Beach to attend the service for Oozi, a dog she'd never met. She carried three gifts: six red roses, a white teddy bear and a sympathy card for Wengert.
    Oozi was killed during a rain of gunfire last Thursday after Delvin Lewis led police on a chase from Oakland Park to Miami Beach. Lewis, of Lauderhill, was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and fleeing down Interstate 95.
    The chase ended in the parking lot of Mount Sinai hospital. When Lewis refused police orders to step out of his car, Oozi was sent in to apprehend him. With Oozi in the car, police opened fire after seeing Lewis reach for what they thought was a gun. Miami-Dade police have declined to say whether Lewis was armed.
    When it was over, Lewis was wounded and Oozi was dead.
    "I know he is in heaven now, but I miss him," Jenna, Wengert's 7-year-old daughter, told a crowded auditorium during the service. Describing Oozi as her "brother," she thanked him for keeping her daddy safe. "I love you, Oozi, and will miss you forever. I will never forget you."
    Oozi and Wengert, partners since December 2004, were assigned to the Sheriff's Office Cooper City station. The two won "employee of the month" last year for helping break up a Cooper City burglary ring.
    On Wednesday, through tears and laughter, Wengert remembered the good times.
    "Oozi thought he was a lap dog even though he was at least 75 pounds," he said with a chuckle.
    Afraid of thunderstorms, Oozi once escaped from his kennel only to show up at a block party, where he helped himself to all the food. But at work, Oozi loved nothing more than the hunt, surging into danger, his partner at his side.

    Susannah Bryan can be reached at [email protected] or 954-385-7929.


    For complete coverage of Oozi's funeral, including a video report and photos, go to http://www.Sun-Sentinel.com/oozi

    Story From:Sun-Sentinel
  15. Inspector

    Inspector Subscribing Member

    MONTPELIER - A memorial service is being planned for tomorrow for the Rutland city police dog killed late Tuesday night while its handler was trying to stop a fleeing vehicle carrying four Connecticut men.

    Rutland Police Lieutenant Kevin Geno said the 3 1/2-year-old German shepherd, named King Luther, was hit and killed by a State Police cruiser after jumping out of an officer's stopped cruiser along Route 7. Officer Frank Post had stopped to lay spike strips in the roadway to stop a car carrying suspects who police believed were involved in a shooting in Leicester.
    The four Connecticut men in the vehicle, all from Waterbury, were caught after they crashed a stolen car into a guardrail on Route 4 in Castleton, police said.
    The suspects, who face a variety of charges, were identified as Rahe Autry, 22, George Gaston, 23, Hasan Hickey, 19, and Mark Hunter, 21.

    [​IMG] Officer Frank Post & King Luther
  16. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    La. deputy's K-9 dies in hit-and-run

    The Advocate

    LAFAYETTE, La. — A K-9 with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office died Sunday night after the dog and its handler were struck by a hit-and-run driver, an official said Monday.
    Lt. Craig Stansbury, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said an unidentified K-9 officer and Hector, his K-9, had just finished a building check in the 2600 block of Cameron Street at 11:25 p.m.
    They were returning to the deputy's car when an unidentified vehicle came up behind them, striking Hector and knocking the deputy over.
    The vehicle did not stop, Stansbury said.
    Hector died at the scene.
    The deputy was treated at a local hospital and released, Stansbury said.
    Hector, of the Belgian Malinois variety that resembles a German shepherd, had been with the department and the deputy for two years.
    "He's taken it hard," Stansbury said of the deputy.
    "He was with the K-9 for two years, almost 24/7."
    K-9 unit dogs are cared for by the deputies at their homes when they are not at work.
    Meanwhile, authorities say they have information that a black Mercedes driven by a black man was in the area at the time and may be a witness, or has information regarding the incident.

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  17. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Philly officer accidentally shoots, kills K-9

    By Kathleen Brady Shea
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    PHILADELPHIA — A Plymouth Township police dog died in the line of duty yesterday, leaving a department in mourning.
    Andy, a German shepherd who joined the force in 2005, was accidentally shot by an officer during a search for robber suspects in Lower Gwynedd Township. The bullet also struck Andy's handler, Officer Louis Layfield, in the chest of his bulletproof vest, Plymouth Township Chief Joseph F. Lawrence said.
    "This is a big loss. He was one of us," Lawrence said. "I was at the hospital when we had to euthanize him. I think we all shed a tear."
    The K-9 team was requested after a robbery was reported at the Abington Bank on Bethlehem Pike, Lawrence said. At the scene, Layfield released Andy so he could pursue a suspect.
    "Unfortunately, another officer probably unfamiliar with K-9s" joined the pursuit, Lawrence said.
    When Andy saw the gun, his training kicked in and he bit the officer, who "accidentally discharged his weapon," Lawrence said.
    The chief said he sympathized with the Montgomery Township officer who fired the shot. "I'm not second-guessing the officer," he said. "We thank God Officer Layfield wasn't injured."
    Andy had worked for seven years as a police dog, trained in patrol and narcotics detection, Lawrence said. He came to Plymouth Township after his handler in the Conshohocken department was injured.
    "These dogs really want to work," Lawrence said. "You tell an officer to do something, and they might ask why. You tell a dog to do something, and they just go."
    The department, which has three other dogs, chooses animals with friendly dispositions because they often visit schools, he said.
    The department will memorialize Andy. "It's too soon to know what form that will take," Lawrence said.
    Police arrested three suspects in the bank robbery, he said.

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  18. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Philly cops hold memorial service for K-9

    By Kathleen Brady Shea
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    PHILADELPHIA — Andy, the Plymouth Township police dog accidentally shot this week during a search for bank-robbery suspects, will be remembered at a memorial service on Wednesday.
    Plymouth Township Police Chief Joseph Lawrence said yesterday that hundreds of condolences had come in from the public, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, law-enforcement agencies from the area, and police departments in Ohio, Virginia and Connecticut.
    "Basically, we are treating this as an officer killed in the line of duty," said Lawrence. "He was one of us."
    Lawrence said a service would begin at 10 a.m. at the Plymouth Community Center Band Shelter, 2903 Walton Rd. He said agencies that plan on having people in attendance should have them there by 9. The service will include readings by the police chaplain and the three other Plymouth Township officers with K-9 partners.
    "Officer [Louis] Layfield may or may not speak, depending on how he feels," Lawrence said of Andy's handler. "It's totally up to him."
    Lawrence said more than 100 officers had notified the department that they would attend; he said attendance would likely exceed that number.
    He said a woman from Cape May, who heard about Andy from an officer in Connecticut, is setting up a memorial page online for Andy and plans to distribute memorial cards at the service. She and her husband are retired funeral directors and are dog lovers, Lawrence said.
    After the service, a procession is planned through the township, to end at the township building; a reception will follow at the police station. The dog's remains will be placed in a small park at the building, Lawrence said.
    Andy, trained in patrol operations and narcotics detection, was tracking a suspect Wednesday when he was fatally wounded by an officer from Montgomery Township, Lawrence said. Layfield was shot in the chest but was wearing a ballistic vest.
    Lawrence said that Andy, a German shepherd, joined the department in January 2005, quickly becoming a valuable member of the force. "This is a big loss," the chief said.
    He said the department had received many offers to help purchase bullet-proof vests for the police dogs. He said that the department already has them and that they are useful only in limited circumstances, which do not include suspect searches.
    "They restrict airflow and cause the dogs to overheat very quickly," he said. "Then you have to stop, which hinders the operation."
    Lawrence said he had suggested that people make a contribution in Andy's memory. He said checks should be payable to the Plymouth Township Police Association and sent to it at 700 Belvoir Rd., Plymouth Meeting, Pa. 19462. The donations should be marked for the memorial service or the dog-training fund.
    "These dogs have training twice a month," he said. "It's an ongoing expense."

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  19. Nighttrain

    Nighttrain MassCops Member

    Re: Franklin PD K-9 Chase

    RIP buddy. You'll have a nice cozy spot to rest at St. Michael's feet.
  20. K917

    K917 MassCops Member

    Thank you guys. Chase was my partner, my hero, and my best friend. Chase you are signal 3. I will never forget you. I know someday we will meet again and we will walk the beat on heaven's streets. RIP K9 Chase, a true Guardian of the Night.
  21. L4G81

    L4G81 MassCops Member

    Thoughts and prayers heading your way ... your words are very touching.


    SPINMASS Subscribing Member

    RIP Chase, My thoughts go out to your family and friends.
  23. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    La. Officer Injured, K-9 Dies In Cruiser Wreck

    A Baton Rouge police dog died Friday and his police handler was injured after their patrol car was broadsided.
    Philos, an 8-year-old German shepherd who was part of the Baton Rouge Police Department's K-9 Corps, was taken to a local veterinary hospital where he died from injuries he suffered in the accident, Sgt. Don Kelly, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman, said in a news release.
    Lt. Robert "Bobby" Glaser, 50, Philos' handler, suffered moderate injuries, Kelly said. The other driver, Jesse Isiah Farris, 22, 10061 Moss Lea Drive, received minor injuries.
    Farris was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, reckless operation, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving with a suspended driver's license, Kelly said.
    The accident occurred when Glaser was driving westbound on Government Street at 1:30 a.m. Friday.
    Farris was driving a 2006 Lincoln pickup southbound on St. Charles Street - which was the wrong direction on the one-way street - when the pickup broadsided Glaser's police unit, Kelly said.
    The impact caused Glaser's Dodge Charger patrol car to roll over, eventually coming to rest on its wheels.
    Glaser was removed from the vehicle by rescuers and taken to a local hospital where he is expected to recover from his injuries, Kelly said.
    The police lieutenant had returned to work in late June after being shot four times in February by a 16-year-old armed robbery suspect whom Glaser was trying to question. The shooter was later arrested by other Baton Rouge officers.
    Philos is the first Baton Rouge Police dog to die in the line of duty in more than 20 years, Kelly said.
    Two other dogs died in the 1980s from injuries suffered while they were working, Kelly said.
    Brute died in 1988 after being bitten by a brown recluse spider while tracking a robbery suspect. Max was shot to death in 1985 while chasing a car thief.

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  24. K917

    K917 MassCops Member

    RIP K9 PHILOS. My condolences to Lt. Glaser. It is never easy to lose a partner.

    SPINMASS Subscribing Member

    RIP Philos. My thoughts and prayers to the Lt and his family who have now lost a family member. Tought time for the LT, hope he gets back soon.

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