Updated 03/14/2013 10:08 PM
FBI K9 killed in the line of duty
The law enforcement community is mourning the loss of one of its dearest members. After a standoff lasting hours in Herkimer, police stormed the building where Kurt Myers was hiding. He fired shots and Ape the K9 was killed. Our Iris St. Meran has more from the doctors who tried to save him and the outpouring of support that followed.
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MOHAWK VALLEY, N.Y. -- K9 Ape was the FBI's newest member. He started officially last month after finishing demanding tactical trainings according to Special Agent Ann Todd.
Thursday, the Czech German Shepard assisted agents who were trying to arrest Kurt Myers. Police say Myers shot six people, killing four, and then fled to an abandoned building. Authorities stormed the building with Ape by their side hours after Myers shot at them and refused to come out. Ape was shot in the chest and then rushed to Herkimer Veterinary Associates.
Veterinarian Emily Green said, "The dog did not have a heartbeat when it came here and we were trying to resuscitate it and bring one back. Went through several different procedures trying to get him back and did not succeed."
The FBI says he was doing what he was trained to do and was heroic in preventing his teammates from being wounded or killed. The doctors at the animal clinic said they were hoping their training would help save his life, but were honored to help him.
"He was a good boy from what we hear. We were really proud we could provide that service to them and be available to them," Green said.
Community members felt touched by Ape's sacrifice. The funeral director of Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home and members of the Ilion Fire Department made some calls and were able to get the two-year-old's casket donated.
Scott Hendrix said, "I viewed it as a service to a fallen police officer that gave his life for the community."
Special Agent Ann Todd says Ape will be taken to Quantico, Virginia where a memorial will be held. His name will be added to a memorial wall.