Long Beach K9 Unit Gives His Life To Save Fellow Officers In A Tense Standoff.Paige Turner
K9 officers face incredibly dangerous situations every day to help their human counterparts. Sadly, their service can end in tragedy. Police in Long Beach, California suffered a horrible loss when one of their K9 officers, Credo, was killed by friendly fire during a shootout with an assault with a deadly weapon suspect.
The tense standoff involved a suspect that became frighteningly aggressive. Credo moved to protect his fellow officers when the suspect pulled out a knife, resulting in police firing on him. During the sudden shooting, Credo was hit. He was rushed to the hospital, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
While some departments provide bullet proof vests for their K9s, Long Beach doesn’t offer them to their dogs. Credo is the second K9 unit in Long Beach to lose his life in a shootout in recent memory. Ranger, another K9 unit, lost his life in 2005.
The video below shows the aftermath of the shooting, and might be difficult for some to watch.
Long Beach police gave Credo a beautiful send off, and the emotion and love for Credo is palpable. Thank you for your service, Credo.