The Unified Police Dept in Salt Lake County, Utah is mourning the loss of one of its most valuable members–“Aldo” the K9.
The police dog had been working with his handler, Officer Lovato, for about five years. Lovato is said to be absolutely devastated about the loss of his partner.
The K9 was killed during a standoff late Thursday in the Millcreek area of Salt Lake County.
Police were attempting to serve a warrant at the home of a ‘violent suspect’. Their units flooded the residential street as the armed suspect remained inside for hours.
He opened fire and struck Aldo. Sheriff James Winder said some of the officers backed out of the home with the injured dog. He was escorted from the scene with full honors, but the standoff continued for several more hours after that.
SWAT members re-entered the home and found the suspect– 36-year-old David Anderson– with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police say they have a history with Anderson, who was wanted on felony charges for forgery and drugs. KUTV reports that just last week he was wanted for fleeing from officers as he sped through a school zone narrowly missing hitting some children. He also assaulted an officer, the local CBS station reported.
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