In Long Island, New York, a K-9 officer was killed in an accident on Sunday night while in the car of a Riverhead police officer during pursuit of an Audi sedan driver who struck another officer at a DWI checkpoint.
According to CbsNewsNewYork, Rocky the German shepherd was in the vehicle when his handler, Officer John Morris, gave chase to the vehicle, but lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole . The K-9 officer was ejected from the vehicle upon impact and died from his injuries. Officer Morris was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for his non-life threatening injuries. The other officer struck by the fleeing vehicle is also doing well.
Rocky had been a beloved K-9 officer for the last eight years and had been named after former police chief Roscoe ‘Rocky’ Palmer, who had been an avid dog lover. Officer Morris and Rocky were extremely bonded, and it continues to be a difficult time in the officer’s life as well as the entire department.
The Audi driver is still at large.
Rest in peace Rocky.
(Photos of Riverhead K-9 officer Rocky by Cindy Lysen Dickson)
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