The FBI dog that was shot by a murder suspect will be honored with his name placed on the memorial wall at the agency's headquarters. Ape, the two-year-old Czech German Sheppard, lost his life when a bullet went through his chest as he made his way into an abandon bar to confront a murder suspect, according to UPI.com on Friday March 15, 2013.
The dog, trained for this type of work went into the bar equipped with a camera died on site after being shot. This incident happened on Thursday in Herkimer, N.Y. while Ape was working with his FBI handler. The dog went in after Kurt Myers, who was a suspect in four homicides that day.
While as sad as it is to hear that Ape was shot and killed, his death prevented one of his teammates from being seriously wounded or losing their lives. Special Agent Ann Todd said in a statement today:
“Ape was doing what he was trained to do. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed.”
When Myers shot and killed Ape, the FBI tactical teams and the New York State Police shot Myers, killing him. Ape will be honored at the FBI's Quantico, Va. headquarters with a memorial service and then is name will be added to the wall for dogs killed in the line of duty.