A working canine with the Las Vegas, Nevada, Police Department has died after being shot while trying to subdue a murder suspect. The dog, a Belgian Malinois named “Nicky,” recently returned to duty after recovering from a brutal stabbing in February.
On Thursday afternoon, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department released word of Nicky’s death to followers of the department’s Facebook page:
It is with heavy hearts this afternoon that we inform everyone about the loss of a valuable member of the LVMPD crime-fighting team. Just two months after surviving a brutal stabbing, police dog Nicky was fatally shot while attempting to subdue a murder suspect.. Not to be lost in this story, is the fact that two people were senselessly murdered at the scene. Speaking to local media, neighbors credit police action for preventing further individuals from being harmed.
According to KSNV News, the fatal shooting took place on the 9800 block of Fast Elk Street – two people were found dead at a residence nearby after Nicky was deployed to help take down the armed suspect. Witnesses have stated that the suspect was randomly firing at people before the eight-year-old K9 was deployed.
Nicky just returned to duty three weeks ago.
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