A Pennsylvania police department is mourning the death of K-9 Officer Titan after he was killed in the “line of duty” on Sunday while assisting in a burglary search.
According to the Johnstown Police Department, Titan had served with the force since 2014. He is the second police dog this week who has died while pursuing suspects. Tennessee K-9 Officer Sjaak was shot three times last week and died during surgery.
On Sunday, Officer Brian Stevens and Titan arrived at a warehouse to search for burglary suspects. Officers on scene quickly found that there were to be five suspects.
During the search, Titan fell through an open elevator shaft down four stories. After conducting rescue efforts for K9 Titan, an extensive secondary search of the building was conducted by officers, and the remaining suspects were located and apprehended.
A memorial organized by the Johnstown Police K-9 Unit is planned for Monday:
“We wanted to let the community know we will be giving a police escort of K9 Titan from the Public Safety Building to the Hindman Funeral Home on Frankstown Rd tomorrow 11/23.
Any member of the community that would like to pay their respects can line the streets. Out of respect for the Stevens’ family we ask that you do not come into the Public Safety Building parking lot or the Hindman funeral home parking lot.
The route which we will be traveling is as follows:
To Johns St
Onto Main st
To Fankstown rd
We will be beginning our travels at 11am.”
Rest in peace brave pup. You will be missed.
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