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K9 Gero | Gainesville Police Department, Florida Gainesville Police Department, Florida

K9 Gero

Gainesville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, January 23, 1986

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Breed: Not available

Age: Not available

Gender: Not available

Tour: Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/23/1986

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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K9 Gero was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect.

The subject had been observed burglarizing a law office by a plainclothes officer. Responding units surrounded the building and made an announcement for the man to surrender. When the man exited the building he was holding a gun and began shooting at the officers.

Gero was released to apprehend the subject but was shot twice and killed.

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I heard the account of Officer Gero on a Paul Harvey broadcast almost 20 years ago and have been haunted by it ever since.

Even today I get all teary-eyed when I think of the sacrifice K-9 officers are occasionally called to make. My heart goes out to the people who felt Officer Gero's loss the most. I feel better now and just hope I haven't opened old wounds. Thanks for reading.

Jim Frees
October 14, 2015

 

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