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K9 Killed; Credited With Finding Suspect, Saving Officers

K9 Killed; Credited With Finding Suspect, Saving Officers

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 8: An Amtrak Police K9 sits on the platform near the Acela Express trains during 'Operation Railsafe' at Union Station October 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. [AP]

Florida Times Union

December 28, 2010

JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville police fatally shot a robbery suspect Monday night in a gun battle on the Westside that also claimed the life of a police dog.

It was unclear if the suspect shot Sarge or if the dog was caught in an exchange of gunfire.

Chief John Hartley did not identify the man who was killed. He said the man was wearing a mask during the robbery and when he was shot to death.

Police were still looking late into the night for a second man who managed to get away after the robbery at the Family Dollar on Chaffee Point Boulevard.

The robbery was reported at 7:10 p.m. Hartley said the robber stole a car in the dollar store parking lot and evaded police for about 30 minutes before crashing the car and getting out to run.

A police helicopter and a K9 unit helped track the suspect in the 8200 block of Oregon Street, near Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, before the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire.

Officers Jackson Short, Larry Propper and R.M. Silcox were placed on administrative leave pending an internal probe into the shooting.

Hartley credited Sarge, a five-year police dog, with keeping the officers safe.

The suspect was in a ditch as officers closed in, Hartley said, and could have used the terrain as cover for an ambush. The dog was let off the leash to pinpoint the suspect’s location.

“That dog did exactly what it was supposed to do,” Hartley said. “He kept those officers safe.”

In 1999, two police dogs were killed in the line of duty within a month of each other.


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    OlympicJoy

    over 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Good boy, Sarge.
    Rest in peace.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP sarge.....

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    Rogue1

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    Thank you Sarge for giving all that others might live. My prayers for you handler

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5892 Comments

    Sorry for your loss; always painful; thank you Sarge for keeping your officers safe for a good five years. RIP

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    KiloNiner_Sixtwo

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Sarge, RIP; take some down time. You did what was necessary. Well done!
    My boy Chiron will meet you on the Rainbow Bridge and show you around while he's waiting for me to join him.
    K9 Handler Trainer..
    KiloNiner-Sixtwo...TX

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP Sarge..Godspeed to you

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    Our canine Leo brothers/sisters give so much and ask for so little. I know there is a Heaven and I know Sarge is in it. Thank you Sarge! Thanks for sharing CPD250 and I am sorry for your loss.

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    LCSO_165

    over 3 years ago

    338 Comments

    I had to give up my K-9 Aron when I moved with my ex-husband for military flight training. It was one of the most sad, gut wrenching experiences of my career, but I cannot imagine having lost my partner this way. Praying for Sarge's handler and his family at Jacksonville P.D. ..... and I hope that justice for the suspect still at large is swift and painful when they find him

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    CPD2073

    over 3 years ago

    176 Comments

    As a former K9 handler whose old partner sadly passed in June 2010 I say to you "Sarge good boy" and look up my old buddy "Irish" I know he will show you around.

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    RIP

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    NewYork911

    over 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    God Speed Sarge...Thank you for your unselfish service.

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    jims4

    over 3 years ago

    2610 Comments

    Sarge, you did your duty. Now Rest in Peace. Good Dog. There is a special place in Heaven for you. We Thank You for your service.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Rest in peace Sarge. You did great .....

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    R.I.P Sarge, you gave your life to save other you will never be fogotten.

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    Dewrah

    over 3 years ago

    270 Comments

    Rest in peace Sarge, your service will not be forgotten

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