According to Tuesday's KATU News, a necropsy has revealed that the Portland, Ore., police canine who was killed in the line of duty in mid-April, died after taking a close-range shot from a suspect who was being chased by the authorities.
Dr. Larry Lewman, who performed the necropsy on the dog, told KATU:
He was in the air, very close to the guy,”
The muzzle of the gun was within six inches. He was hit by a high-speed missile.
The dog, a sable German shepherd named "Mick," has been hailed a hero by his partner and handler, Officer Jeff Dorn, who stated that the dog saved his life on April 16. Officer Dorn was injured in the shootings that day as well - he is still recovering from gunshot wounds to his legs.
The man believed to have shot Mick is 20-year-old Paul Alan Ropp - the dog had been released to help apprehend Ropp who was trying to flee after crashing an SUV. Ropp is facing multiple charges including two counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, second-degree assault with a firearm, assaulting a law enforcement animal with a firearm and first-degree aggravated animal abuse in the first degree with a firearm.
Two other men involved in the violent incident have also been indicted; the men, 20-year-old Steven Jeffrey Young and 25-year-old Jemaell Diamond Riley, pleaded not guilty to their charges on Monday.
Mick will be honored at a memorial on May 12.
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