Massachusetts police K9 shot, killed via handler following assault

according to officers, the K9 crew turned into on scene getting ready to tune a suspect when the dog grew to become on its handler.

The officer reportedly tried to get the K9 below handle however needed to resort to firing upon it for protection reasons, in line with the record.

several Plymouth law enforcement officials, in addition to Brewster Ambulance personnel, have been dispatched to support the handler, identified as Keith Larson. He become taken to South Shore health center to be treated for accidents to both of his fingers, and he is expected to be get well, WCVB reported.

Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri says officers had been dispatched at about 9:20 a.m. to a demand carrier in the area of 179 courtroom St., where the suspect had fled the scene.

Officer Larson pulled into the parking zone to prepare his K9, a German shepherd named Nico, for the name. according to Botieri, Larson was bitten by the K9 all over this interplay and the officer became pressured to make use of his service weapon after a couple of makes an attempt to disengage the dog.

“regrettably, Nico died at the scene,” Botieri talked about.

Botieri says Larson has been assigned to the K9 unit given that March 2017, and was chiefly assigned to Nico in August 2019.

according to the police chief, Larson was prior to now bitten on the hand by way of Nico while deploying the K9 in April. The pair had been then reassigned to the Sheriff’s branch K9 Academy and recertified for service in July, WCVB mentioned.

“Officer Larson is a 17-yr veteran of the Plymouth Police branch with an exemplary list,” Botieri talked about.

Nico was one in every of two K9s on the Plymouth Police branch.