Jacksonville K-9 named Fang shot, killed by carjacking suspect

courtesy: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office/Facebook

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Authorities in Florida say a police dog was shot and killed while chasing an armed carjacking suspect.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in social media posts that the K-9 dog named Fang died early Sunday.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect was apprehended by another K-9 dog at the scene and arrested. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

According to a report by The Florida Times-Union, the dogs’ human partners were not injured and did not return fire.

Fang was a 3-year-old German shepherd that performed both patrol and bomb-detection duties.

According to the sheriff’s office, Fang patrolled special events and football games and “captured some of the most dangerous criminals” in Jacksonville.

In Florida, killing a police dog is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

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