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K9 Dingo | Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

K9 Dingo

Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

End of Watch: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Age: 7

Gender: M

Tour: 5 years

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/6/2017

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Arrested

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K9 Dingo was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a wanted fugitive near the intersection of 3300 South and 1100 East.

Members of the United States Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team had located the subject driving in the area at about 1:00 am. The man fled when they attempted to stop him. Spike strips were successfully deployed but the man continued to drive until abandoning his car and fleeing on foot. K9 Dingo was released and caught the subject, but the man produced a gun and fired several shots, fatally wounding Dingo.

Other officers were able to take the man into custody without further incident.

K9 Dingo had served with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake for five years.

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You brought me home
One sunny day
With you for years
I would surely stay.

I met your pack
Children and wife
I began to love
My new-found life.

I slept on your couch
At the foot of your bed
You looked at me lovingly
While petting my head.

We trained for months
And our bonding grew
We were both partners
Buddies in Blue.

We did school demo’s
And I never did wrong
Over all of the years
My love for you grew strong.

How I loved to work
To stand up and bark
In the back of our car
From light until dark.

We went call to call
Having fun all the way
Until the call came
On that one fateful day.

A man with a gun
The dispatcher did say
I jumped from my car
When it pointed your way.

Before leaving home I was told
“keep him safe” by your wife
I knew at that moment
For you I would give my life.

The bullet struck hard
Steady and true
The bullet struck me instead
Of striking you.

When you go home tonight
Tell your wife I did good
Strong, Tall and Proud
On the ground that I stood.

I’m dead and gone now
This much is true
But I’ve done my job well
Of protecting you.

Payton 16 still in school
Future Police Officer
November 8, 2017

 

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