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Police dog that ‘captured some of the most dangerous criminals’ dies after being shot by suspect

A three-year-old German Shepherd that worked as a bomb detector and patrol dog died Sunday in a shooting

A K-9 that ‘captured some of the most dangerous criminals’ in Jacksonville, Florida was shot and killed while chasing down a suspect of a carjacking incident.

Fang was a three-year-old German Shepherd that worked as a bomb detector and patrol dog.

He died Sunday after law enforcement went after the armed man who killed him.

The offender was not immediately identified after the 2.20am incident near I-10 at Cecil Commerce Center.

Sunday’s chase extended to areas including a 7-Eleven on Lem Turner, reports Action News Jax.

Police ordered a traffic stop on the red four-door vehicle and disabled the vehicle using a GPS tracking system named OnStar that can disable a car’s ignition.

Several shots were fired but no one else was harmed nor did the one cop on the scene return fire.  

More police were on the way at the time of the incident and the suspect was eventually captured by another dog when he left the car and ran into the woods after approximately an hour of pursuit.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news in social media posts.

‘Rest In Peace Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 FANG,’ a Facebook post read.

 

Fang played a vital roll keeping everyone safe at special events and football games and captured some of the most dangerous criminals Jacksonville, Florida

Fang played a vital roll keeping everyone safe at special events and football games and captured some of the most dangerous criminals Jacksonville, Florida

Police ordered a traffic stop on the red four-door vehicle and disabled the vehicle using a GPS tracking system named OnStar that can disable a car's ignition

Police ordered a traffic stop on the red four-door vehicle and disabled the vehicle using a GPS tracking system named OnStar that can disable a car’s ignition

‘K-9 FANG played a vital roll keeping everyone safe at special events and football games and captured some of the most dangerous criminals in our city.’

Adding that they’ll miss the pooch and that it will ‘never be forgotten’, cops revealed the highly-trained animal was member of Officer Herrera’s family.

Local restaurant, Mission Barbecue, sent food and beverages to the police on the same day and colleagues said they’d be passing it on to the Herreras.

Local restaurant, Mission Barbecue, sent food and beverages to the police and colleagues said they'd be passing it on to the Herrera family who lost their dog partner

Local restaurant, Mission Barbecue, sent food and beverages to the police and colleagues said they’d be passing it on to the Herrera family who lost their dog partner

A representative said they'd be coordinating with the state attorney's office regarding the punishment for the carjacker and K-9 killer

A representative said they’d be coordinating with the state attorney’s office regarding the punishment for the carjacker and K-9 killer

The department posted in a tweet: ‘The suspect was caught, but at a very heavy price. Thank you for your service, our four-legged hero.’

Killing a police dog is a third-degree felony which in Florida could mean up to five years in prison.

A representative said they’d be coordinating with the state attorney’s office regarding the punishment and that the armed robbery and homicide will be handled by two separate teams.    

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