Herkimer (WSYR-TV) - A standoff between police and a gunman believed to have shot six people and killed four in Herkimer County reached a grisly conclusion Thursday morning when a police K-9 was shot to death.
State Police held a press conference following the incident, in which alleged spree killer Kurt Myers, 64, was also shot to death.
State Police Superintendent took time to honor ‘Ape’ – the slain K-9. Police say they consider such dogs among their own ranks.
“My heart goes out to the handler and the K-9,” he said. “As you know, we consider them part of law enforcement.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a statement regarding Ape, noting that he would return to his home in Quantico, Va.
“Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed,” Special Agent Ann Todd wrote in a statement from the agency.
Ape was a Czech German Shepherd born on November 17, 2010. He began on duty with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing a demanding tactical training course which started on October 12, 2012.