K9 Fargo

K9 Fargo

Richland County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, December 16, 2011

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Fargo

K9 Fargo was shot and killed after being released on an armed robbery suspect near Monticello Road in Columbia.

Fargo caught the subject and locked onto him. During the ensuing struggle the man shot him three times, and then fired at responding deputies. K9 Fargo was transported a local emergency animal hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject fled the scene but was located hiding in a shed and arrested a short time later. He was charged with unlawful killing of a police dog, five counts of attempted murder, and two counts of armed robbery.

Bio

  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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“Our K9 Named Fargo”

He was just another Police dog,
I was going to have to train,
He was a beautiful “Belgian Malinois”,
And Fargo was his name.

We worked so hard together,
From sun up until Night,
His future as a Police Dog,
Became our daily plight.

This dog could do anything,
He was so easy to train,
Each day he made me so proud,
My partner “Fargo” was his name.

After months of rigorous training,
Fargo was ready for the road,
It didn’t take long to prove himself,
He was one of the best-I was told!

He hit on the drugs every time,
And tracked down the criminals too,
He did everything I ask of him,
There was nothing he wouldn’t do.

We stayed together day and night,
This dog I had to train,
He was my partner and my friend,
“Fargo” was his name!

It was the 16th of December,
With the moon and stars so bright,
When “Fargo” hit the trail of a robber,
My heart stopped when shots rang in the night!

My Partner was hit several times,
This K9 I had to train,
We cried because he didn’t make it,
My partner “Fargo” was his name!

Written by David L Bell RCSD (Retired) December 16, 2017
Written in Honor of Fargo and his trainer who still misses his partner, Warren Cavanagh

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 18, 2017

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