HERKIMER, N.Y. - On Thursday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Tactical K-9 "Ape" was killed in the line of duty while accompanying FBI agents who were attempting to arrest Kurt Myers, the suspected killer of four people in Herkimer Wednesday.
Ape was shot by the suspect during a shootout with police, who then returned fire killing the suspect.
Special Agent Ann Todd says Ape will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia. A memorial will be held at Quantico and his name will be added to a memorial wall.
Ape was a Czech German Shepherd born on November 17, 2010. He began on duty with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing a demanding tactical training course which started on October 12, 2012.
"Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed," Todd says. "K-9s are a tremendous asset in tactical operations and enhance the safety of law enforcement personnel who routinely confront complex and high-risk threats"
"He will be missed by his FBI family."
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