Portland Police Bureau's K-9 Officer Mick was shot and killed by a burglary suspect on Wednesday in the line of duty, and according to his handler and friend, Mick was a hero for saving his human's life reported katu.com.
Mick was fatally shot, after officers responded to a burglary call, where three men were trying to steal uniforms from a police uniform store. As authorities arrived, the three suspects drove away, crashed their vehicle. A shootout began with one suspect shooting Officer Jeffrey Dorn in the legs. Dorn released Mick to help apprehend the suspects as more officers arrived to help.
Two of the suspects were apprehended at the scene; the third suspect was caught in the early morning hours.
Tragically, Mick was found dead with a gunshot wound; the dog was lying beneath the hedges near the scene of the shootings. Officer Dorn is currently in the hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery, but is heartbroken over the loss of this brave dog.
"Mick saved my life," stated Officer Dorn.
Police cars lined up in a solemn procession for Mick as his body was taken to the veterinarian's office.
The magnificent German shepherd was born in Germany in September 2012. His real name, as it appears on his papers, was Dusty vom Langgarten, but his handler and constant human companion renamed the dog to Mick as the two trained to work together as a team.
Police K-9 officers are trained to track suspects, search for evidence when commanded, protect their human companions and to help apprehend suspects. Mick did his job perfectly, but sadly had to pay the ultimate price.
Rest in peace Mick. Your bravery will be remembered.
On the Portland Police Bureau's Facebook, a proud tribute to Mick from another K-9 handler echoed through the page:
"John McLaughlin - As a retired K9 handler (Corky) from Irvine CA, I know the pain the handler is in with the loss of his partner/best friend. Mick died doing what he loved most, protecting his handler and other officers. There is no greater love than the love that you would give up your life for another. This is exactly what Mick did!"
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