A sad story comes out of upstate New York.
An FBI dog named Ape was killed several days ago as agents and
police attempted to take a murdered into custody.
The pup was on his second mission having been on active duty for
just two weeks.
The gunman, who was suspected of already killing four people and
shooting at police officers, was holed up inside an abandoned bar in
upstate New York.
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He had made no contact with law enforcement officials for hours and
the belief was that he was armed and dangerous.
A police robot equipped with a camera was ready, but its use may
have been limited because the gunman’s hiding place was littered
So a tactical dog named Ape, equipped with a camera, went into the
building first on Thursday, followed by agents with the State Police
and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Ape, a Czech German Shepherd, was shot in the chest just as he
breached the doorway.
Officers returned fire, killing the gunman, Kurt R. Myers, and then
turned to try to save Ape. They performed CPR on the dog as he was
rushed in an armored vehicle to a nearby veterinary office.
“We were trying to do everything we could to try to save its life,”
said Dr. Emily M. Green, one of the veterinarians at Herkimer
Veterinary Associates who worked on Ape.
But he died a short time after he arrived.
Ape is the fourth police dog to die in the line of duty this year.