Conroe, TX Police Department's K9 Rogue is officially #vested and safer on the job! 👏🏼 Rogue received a #vik9s bullet and stab-protective vest that protects the his vital organs while in the line of duty.
Wear it well, Rogue. Thank you for your service!💙🐕🚨👮♂️
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A huuuuuuge round of a-paws 🐾 and congratulations to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Advisory Board Member, Officer William Perez and K9 Hobbs of the Des Moines, IA Police Department. They just competed at the National Field Trials held in Foley, Alabama. 👏🏼💙
USPCA PD1 Nationals 2023 results - Foley, AL 🏆 5th Place overall PD1 🏆 4th place regional team
Putting in the hard work is paying off and all of us at Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. are proud of you. 👍💪
Rest in peace beloved K9 Rico. "JOHNS ISLAND, #SouthCarolina - The man who led multiple #lawenforcement agencies on a 26-hour manhunt on Johns Island was fatally shot shortly after he killed a #K9officer Thursday afternoon, the chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said.
Ernest Robert Burbage III, 38 – who was accused of shooting two people, including a #sheriff’s deputy – died at the scene of an officer-involved shooting at approximately 2 p.m., SLED Chief Mark Keel said.
#K9 Rico was shot and killed by Burbage, Keel said, as SLED agents deployed the #dog into a home where Burbage was believed to be hiding. SLED agents used a robot to clear as much of the home as possible, then sent Rico inside the home.
“Very shortly after he was inserted, there was a gunshot and he was killed,” Keel said.
Burbage then exited the home through a window, presented a firearm at SLED agents, SWAT team members and Dorchester County Deputies and was fatally shot. Keel said Burbage died at the scene.
Rico was a 3-year-old #Belgian#Malinois mix who had been with the agency just over a year, he said.
“K-9 Rico participated in too many apprehensions to name,” Keel said. “He was out almost every single day, working with our folks and working with sheriffs and city police departments across our state.”
“This is a tough day. It’s a tough day for law enforcement, but if it wasn’t for Rico this could have been much, much worse,” Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano said. She thanked Keel for allowing them to use Rico in the search, saying the dog “definitely saved lives.”
Graziano said Burbage was armed with a high-powered rifle at the time he was shot.
Authorities had been searching for Burbage on Johns Island since Wednesday..."
Rest in Peace, K9 Rico. Thank you for your service. Condolences to your handler, family, and friends.💙🐾💙🐾
So sad. RIP Rico. Fly high as u cross the Rainbow Bridge.
RIP Rico, you are a true hero. Justice made in your memory.
Prayers go out to the family and friends of Rico. Thank you for your service. God bless you.
Rico Thank you and Rest now shift is over. Job well done.
Dream sweet dreams Rico. The loss of you and your fellow officers are felt by many.
So sad. Rip Rico. You are a true hero. 💙
RIP K9 Rico💔🐾💙. Thank you for your service. Run free warrior!
How heartbreaking! Thoughts are with all who knew and loved him 💔💔
Sympathy on the loss of k9officer Rico
Damn. Couldn’t they have smoked or tear-gassed the perpetrator outta the house instead of blindly sending a K-9 in there to get shot and killed? Obviously that was not a good idea.
Yeah, way to go. ... JUSTICE for Rico...RIP .................... 👍
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for your friends. ❤️ Rest in peace, K9 Rico. Thank you for your service, dedication, and sacrifice. You saved the lives you loved, by sacrificing your own. God bless you. Sincerest condolences to your handler and partner, friends, families, and comrades in arms. Our hearts are breaking. But we give thanks for law enforcement officers and brave K9’s who answer the call. ❤️
Thank you to the office that killed that SOB Burdage.
My heart goes out for all the victims. 💔
Rico should not have been sent in, since they knew the suspect was there and armed.