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K9 Rocco | Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

K9 Rocco

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: German Shepard

Age: 8

Gender: M

Tour: 5 years

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 1/28/2014

Weapon: Edged weapon

Suspect: Not available

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K9 Rocco succumbed to stab wounds sustained two days earlier while protecting his handler and another officer, who were in a violent struggle with a fugitive.

The subject had attempted to disarm a deputy earlier in the day when an Allegheny County sheriff's deputy attempted to arrest him for failure to register as a sex offender and home invasion. The man was able to flee after struggling with the deputy and fled to the 3700 block of Butler Street, where he was located several hours later.

Officer located him the basement of a building. When they entered the darkened room the man began swinging a 5-inch knife at them, wounding both officers. K9 Rocco attacked the subject but suffered a deep stab wound to the back, which punctured his kidney and spine. Rocco was taken to an emergency animal hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, but died two days later.

The subject was taken into custody and faces multiple charges.

K9 Rocco had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for five years.

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RIP K9 Rocco. You went in brave and paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting your handler and your community. Thank you for your service, dedication & loyalty. Prayers to your handler & best friend. You will once meet again at the Rainbow Bridge. Until then, run free sweet boy.. you deserve it!!!

Lisa
Family Member - New Jersey LEO's
Pompton Lakes, NJ
September 16, 2014

 

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