A Jacksonville K-9 officer was shot and killed on Sunday while pursuing an armed carjacker suspect in the city’s west side. K-9 Fang had been in pursuit of the male suspect when the man fired several shots at the police dog.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Fang’s handler, Officer Matt Herrera, was not injured. The shooting occurred near Interstate 10 and Commerce Center Parkway after police responded to an armed carjacker who stole a red four-door sedan. The victim was not injured.
As police closed in on the location of the suspect, the man abandoned the vehicle and ran into the woods Shots were fired as Fang chased the unnamed man – killing the K-9. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect without firing back.
“This morning, We mourn the loss of our K9 brother @JSOPIO. We pray for his partner and JSO family. He was shot and killed during a pursuit of an armed carjacker. The suspect was caught, but at a very heavy price. Thank you for your service, our four-legged hero,” the Florida Highway Patrol wrote on Twitter.
Police are investigating the crime as a homicide and a carjacking. In Florida, killing a police dog is a third degree felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison.
“K-9 FANG played a vital roll keeping everyone safe at special events and football games. He has captured some of the most dangerous criminal in #JAX. We will miss you, FANG. You are gone but will not be forgotten.
End of Watch 09-30-2018”
Rest in peace FANG. You are a hero.
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