Police Dog Killed In New York State Was On His First Mission
The police dog who was shot and killed by gunman Kurt Myers in Herkimer, New York was on his mission according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
"Ape," a two-year-old Czech German shepherd, entered a room inside the abandoned Glory Days bar koking for Myers following a 19-hour-standoff and was shot by Myers. Police then fatally shot Myers, ending an incident that killed 4 people during a rampage in two communities in the Mowhawk Valley of New York State.
The FBI says Ape, who had recently completed his tactical training, was shot in the chest. Officers administered CPR to him as they took him to a veterinary clinic. Ape's body was placed into a steel coffin donated by a Herkimer casket manufacturer. He will be returned to the FBI's training facility in Quantico, Virginia where he was based. A memorial will be held for him theand his named added to a special memorial wall according to WSTM TV.
New York State Police and the FBI honored the fallen K9 at a press conference. “My heart goes out to the handler and the K-9,” said State police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico during a press conference. “As you know, we consider them part of law enforcement.”
FBI Special Agent Ann Todd in a statement wrote, “Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed,” according to WSYR TV.