More than a 1,000 people attended the funeral on Friday, for an Oklahoma City Police K9 officer killed in the line of duty this week, as the dog attempted to apprehend a suspect who had tried to flee from a stolen vehicle after a robbery attempt.
The final goodbye took place at the First Southern Baptist church, with the dog's handler bending over Kye's casket to give his faithful canine companion a last kiss and pat on the head. Kye was a three-year-old Belgian shepherd who had been with the department for two years. He has been credited with helping to apprehend 56 criminals in his too short career.
Kye was fatally stabbed while assisting in the apprehension of a robbery suspect on Sunday night as the culprit tried to escape on I-35.
The suspect, Mark Salazar, 22 was shot and killed by Kye's handler, Sgt. Ryan Stark, as the officer attempted to separate the suspect from the police dog. Kye died as a result of his injuries the next day at the veterinarian hospital.
Sgt. Stark is currently on administrative duty as the shooting death of Salazar is investigated as per police protocol.
Outside, at the end of the service, Kye and Sgt. Stark were honored with a gun salute and a bagpipe music procession.
August 25, 2014. End of watch Kye. Rest in peace. All dogs do go to heaven.
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