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Sad stuff, folks.


 


A Scottsdale police dog was shot and killed by his handler on Friday, but police say they think the death was accidental.


This is the first time a police dog has died in the line of duty in the department's 45-year history, said Chief Alan Rodbell.


"Certainly we don't think it was intentional," said Sgt. Mark Clark.


Sgt. Chris Coffee shot Striker, a 6-year-old Czech shepherd, while they were searching a home about 3 a.m. near 104th Way and Dynamite Boulevard, police said.


Striker and Coffee were called to the house by officers who had discovered an open door, police said.


Striker was on a leash while conducting the search, and that's when Sgt. Coffee shot Striker.


No intruder was found.


Striker was rushed to the emergency animal clinic, but his wound was fatal.


"This is being fully investigated," Rodbell said at a news conference to announce the dog's death.


"You can feel the sadness in the hallways here at headquarters," Rodbell said.


"This is a loss not just for our police department. It's a loss for our city government. It's a loss to the community."


Coffee, with the department for 10 years, is on a minimum 72-hour leave, a standard department policy.


Coffee has been in charge of the K-9 unit for two-and-a-half years and worked with Striker during that time.


Striker had been in the unit for four years and was one of six police dogs.


"Anyone that has pets and has a lost a pet can imagine how this man is feeling," Rodbell said.


"They live together, they play together, they train together, and they spend their entire tour of duty together," Rodbell said. "They're best friends."


The dogs take risks for officers, he said.


"They go in the door in lieu of us going in the door," Rodbell said


 


 

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How in the world?


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RIP Striker

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WTFO?

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An update: Late yesterday there was a blurb indicating that Sgt. Coffee had an accidental discharge of his weapon while conducting the search, and the round apparently struck and killed the K9.


I can't find the article now, but will post it if I find it in archives.


Since it's now being called an accidental discharge I doubt there will be much follow up.


The good thing about this, as opposed to the Chandler case from last year, is that it's in Scottsdale jurisdiction and Mr. Arpaio doesn't have jurisdiction to make this a media circus with criminal charges against the officer.

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A tragic event but one that I feel is inexcusable. If that is in fact what happend it's really a shame. I'm certain the handler is deeply saddened by the event. Losing a dog is tough for any handler. Losing one in a situation such as this is tragic. I'm not trying to be insensitive about the situation however, sometimes a politically correct response just doesn't cut it.


 


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