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
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
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