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05-11-07, 11:29 PM #1
Indianapolis metropolitan police dog killed
Wounded police dog kept up job before dying
Officer shoots suspect who IMPD says fired on canine
By Kevin O'Neal
Though shot in the chest and bleeding, Bo, an 8-year-old Indianapolis metropolitan police dog, continued to do his job Thursday to subdue a suspected burglar.
Slain: Bo and Scott Johnson were partners for six years. - Photo provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Po
He then died at the feet of officer Scott Johnson, his partner of six years.
Clinton Drew Hernandez, 21, was arrested after Johnson shot him twice in the leg and buttocks. Hernandez was being held at Wishard Memorial Hospital and faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, fleeing, burglary, theft and battery on a law enforcement animal, a charge that could lead to a formal felony charge against Hernandez, according to the Marion County prosecutor's office.
"The dog apparently engaged him (Hernandez), and then the suspect fired a shot at the dog, who continued to chase him," said Paul Thompson, IMPD spokesman.
Johnson returned fire and wounded Hernandez, but Bo's injury was too severe to be treated.
Thompson said Johnson was not ready to speak publicly about the incident.
Thursday morning's shooting was the second time in two years that an Indianapolis police dog has been shot and killed in the line of duty.
Bo, a Belgian Malnois, was not wearing body armor, something available for police dogs but not as practical as the same sort of protection for humans. "It's not something they can wear for the duration of the shift, especially on an 80-degree day," Thompson said.
An apparent burglary led to Thursday's chase and shooting. It began at 9:23 a.m. in the 6300 block of Moonstruck Parkway, a subdivision with only a handful of completed houses near Southport and Five Points roads.
The homeowner called police after she returned home to see an unfamiliar red SUV and her television set in the driveway, police said. When officers arrived, the SUV was leaving the housing addition, and they gave chase.
The chase went onto northbound I-65, then east on I-465 to Southeastern Avenue, where the SUV fled west. In the 5700 block of Southeastern, the SUV's driver jumped out and ran, and Johnson released Bo.
The situation was similar to a July 2005 shootout in the 3700 block of South Randolph Street, when a Marion County sheriff's dog was killed. Arco, who also was a Belgian Malinois, was fatally wounded by Jerry L. Stephens, 29, who was then killed by police.
That shooting led veterinarians to set up a special first aid class for police dog handlers, to give them a chance to save a wounded animal's life.
Police said Hernandez has a record of previous arrests, but charges were dropped. Metropolitan police said they were investigating Hernandez in connection with other burglaries in Marion County. They were notcertain where he lived because he had listed addresses in Indianapolis and Greenwood.
Call Star reporter Kevin O'Neal at (317) 444-2760.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP
According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Web site, a group of community members formed a nonprofit organization to raise money to help the department's canine section. This association has played a valuable role in helping the department obtain police service dogs, training equipment and uniforms. The group also has supported officer attendance at canine training seminars and conferencses.
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05-11-07, 11:44 PM #2
I want the guy who did this to contract an agressive form of flesh eating bacteria and die a slow, agonizing death.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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"...but to forget your duck, of course, means you're really screwed." - Gary Larson
05-12-07, 12:19 AM #3
OMG how sad :*(
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
05-12-07, 12:26 AM #4
R.I.P. K9 BO
thoughts and prayers sent to the handler.
I couldnt imagine losing my partner!YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked,” Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!
05-12-07, 01:28 AM #5
Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
Do not puff, shade, skew, tailor, firm up, stretch, massage,
or otherwise distort statements of fact.FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley
05-12-07, 10:26 AM #6We are the thin blue line
and all the money in the world.
And no you can't have any.
05-12-07, 10:45 AM #7
Rest in peace, Bo
05-14-07, 02:35 AM #8
05-14-07, 02:40 AM #9
Sad. RIPLife is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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