Police K-9 Killed in Southern California Standoff

June 29, 2016 3:18 pm Last Updated: June 29, 2016 3:18 pm

A K-9 officer who worked for the Long Beach Police Department in California was killed in the line of duty, according to the department.

The dog, Credo, died from injuries he sustained during a SWAT “call-out involving a barricaded suspect,” who was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, the department said on Tuesday night. The suspect was shot and killed by police.

Credo had served with the department for two years, working with his handler, officer Mike Parcells, in more than 30 arrests.

Police gave an emotional salute to the K-9 on Tuesday for Credo. According to the department, police carried the dog from the hospital after he was pronounced dead. “It’s with heartfelt sadness that we announce our K-9 Credo succumbed to his injuries,” the police department tweeted.

Credo was the second K-9 that Parcells has lost in the line of duty. In 2005, his K-9 partner “Ranger” was shot during a SWAT call out. Ranger, like Credo, was also a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois.

The Long Beach Police Department said during the SWAT standoff, the suspect aggressively charged at police, who deployed a rubber baton round and the police service dog. Credo tried to stop the man’s advance toward officers, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

Credo was struck by gunfire from an officer’s weapon. The suspect has not yet been named by authorities, the paper reported. He was wanted in connection with a December 2014 shooting with multiple victims.

“The suspect continued his aggressive charge toward officers while canine Credo continued to try and stop the suspect from advancing towards officers,” police said. “As Credo fought with the suspect, the suspect produced a knife while continuing to advance towards officers. One of the officers discharged his weapon to protect himself and the other officers from the suspect. Both the suspect and Credo were struck by gunfire.”

No other officers were injured in the shooting.