(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A K-9 dog that died saving the life of his police officer partner during a shootout was given an impromptu motorcade procession to the veterinarian’s office, flanked by police, firemen and canine units.
Mick, a K-9 dog fresh out of training, was shot and killed by an armed robbery suspect who was among three men trying to burglarize a police uniform store in Southwest Portland, according to police.
The dog’s K-9 officer, Jeff Dorn, was shot in both legs. He is currently recovering from non-life-threatening injuries in hospital, a police spokesman said.
Authorities found the alleged shooter with the help of a police helicopter and 911 calls from neighbors, police said.
The 20-year-old suspect surrendered at gunpoint and was taken by medics to a hospital, although it remains unclear if he was shot.
Mick suffered a fatal gunshot wound and was found dead beneath a hedge after an intensive search.
An impromptu procession brought the K-9’s body from the scene of the shooting to the veterinarian’s office in Southeast Portland on Wednesday.
The procession involved members of the police force, fire department and other K-9 handlers and their dogs.
Dorn told fellow police officers that Mick undoubtedly saved his life, according to ABC News affiliate KATU in Portland, Ore. The dog-handler team had just completed the 400 hours of training together required for Mick to graduate as a fully-fledged K-9 officer.
“In this situation, the dog was doing its job. It was protecting our community. It’s tragic that we lost the dog,” said Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. “As far as a handler, my heart goes out to him and his family,” said Hall. “It’s almost like losing somebody close to you, like a family member almost; I mean they’re part of the family, they live with us.”
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