Department mourns police K9 who was killed in the line of duty

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The Mesquite, Texas, Police Department is mourning the loss of a police K9 who was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours on April 26. According to a release, K9 Kozmo was killed while trying to help officers apprehend robbery suspects.

The department recounts what is known about the tragedy:

On 04/26/21 at approximately 2:39 A.M., the Mesquite Police Department was dispatched to assist the Balch Springs Police Department in the pursuit of multiple aggravated robbery suspects. During the pursuit, spike strips were deployed and disabled the suspect vehicle near Bruton Rd and IH 635.

MPD K-9 Kozmo, Badge #1191, was deployed after the suspects fled on foot into a wooded area near the highway. The release states:

The suspects were eventually located and taken into custody, but K-9 Kozmo was not located until approximately 4:13 A.M. After an extensive search, MPD K-9 Kozmo was located and found to be deceased.

After a necropsy is performed on Kozmo’s body, the department plans to release more information about his death.

The department commented on the tremendous loss, writing:

It should be noted that our K9s are members of the MPD family. Kozmo was an amazing and loyal dog who gave his life in the performance of his duties. We ask everyone to keep all of our officers in their thoughts and prayers as we deal with this loss.

A memorial service will be planned for Kozmo. Details will be released as they become available.

(Image via Mesquite Police Department)


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