JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — Law enforcement members in the Jacksonville community are mourning the loss of one of their own.
Authorities in Florida say a police dog was shot and killed while chasing an armed carjacking suspect.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in social media posts that the K-9 dog named Fang died early Sunday.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect was apprehended by another K-9 dog at the scene and arrested. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.
According to a report by The Florida Times-Union, the dogs’ human partners were not injured and did not return fire.
Fang was a 3-year-old German shepherd that performed both patrol and bomb-detection duties.
According to the sheriff’s office, Fang patrolled special events and football games and “captured some of the most dangerous criminals” in Jacksonville.
In Florida, killing a police dog is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
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