BAKERSFIELD, CA – According to a press release, a Bakersfield Police Department K9 passed away on the evening of April 27th after reportedly being shot by a suspect involved an allegedly stolen vehicle incident that turned into a pursuit.
Officials say that on the evening of April 27th at approximately 8:43 p.m., Bakersfield Police officers attempted to conduct a stop along Highway 58 regarding a vehicle that had been previously reported stolen.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly refused to stop for officers, and allegedly drove off of the highway and crashed into a chain link fence, which rendered the vehicle inoperable thereafter. The suspect was said to have then fled they disabled vehicle on foot.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office reportedly offered aerial support to help locate the suspect, which the subject was reportedly found in the backyard of a home located within the 2000 block of Feliz Drive.
A BPD K9 handler along with his partner, identified as K9 Jango, were said to have approached the suspect located in the backyard of the residence and the suspect reportedly opened fire.
Unfortunately, K9 Jango was struck by the gunfire, and the K9 reportedly succumbed to his injuries after being transported to an emergency veterinarian hospital.
Following the gunfire from the suspect, two officers on site were said to have returned fire on the man. Medical aid was also provided to the suspect, but the individual reportedly died at the scene.
BPD officials related that the incident is still under investigation and more details will be released later on down the road.
It was noted that a firearm was recovered from the suspect and that both officers who discharged their firearms were wearing body-worn cameras at the time.
The name of the deceased suspect involved in the incident has not been released as of this writing.
According to K9 Jango’s online profile from the BPD’s website, the following is noted about his work with the department:
“Officer Mueller and Jango became partners in March of 2017. Jango is from the Netherlands and his commands are given in Czech. Jango is training to locate and apprehend criminals and also trained in explosive detection. When off duty, Jango loves to chase tennis balls and beg for treats.”
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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on proposed legislation that has been drafted in Massachusetts that aims to have police K9s injured on duty to be treated and transported by EMS responders.
Here’s that previous report.
BOSTON, MA – A bill drafted in Massachusetts aims to see police K9s that wind up getting injured in the course of their duties transported by EMS responders.
The bill in question is S.1431, also known as “Nero’s Law,” which was reportedly introduced by Massachusetts Representative Steven Xiarhos.
Boston Cops Propose Law That Would Allow Emergency Responders to Transport Injured Police Dogs https://t.co/E65RdKBpGN
— People Pets (@PEOPLEPets) April 13, 2021
The name “Nero’s Law” comes from a police K9 bearing the same namesake, who was seriously injured in a 2018 incident where K9 Nero survived, but his handler Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon did not.
If this legislation were to come to fruition, it would afford what is described as “humane transportation of K9 partners,” by way of EMS first responders. Effectively, this bill, if passed, could enable expedited transport to needed veterinary services for K9s injured on duty.
Reportedly service dogs, accelerant-detection dogs and search-and-rescue dogs will also be included in the bill’s coverage.
K9s that wind up falling under EMS care following an incident would allow EMS responders the authority to perform life-saving measures like “opening and manually maintaining an airway,” “giving mouth-to-snout or mouth-to-barrier ventilation,” “administering oxygen” and “immobilizing fractures.”
#UPDATE on K-9 Nero who was shot alongside Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon. The Barnstable K9 Foundation sharing these photos & saying Nero walked down the hallway today & ate a little food #WCVB pic.twitter.com/DHBWdwc0iK
— Matt Reed (@MattReedNews) April 15, 2018
The bill further notes that “an EMS provider may require a member of the law enforcement Department or agency accompany the police dog during transport.”
The MSPCA, which is an organization that promotes the ethical treatment of animals and things of that nature, made mention of the incident with which this bill is inspired by:
“The town of Yarmouth suffered an incredible tragedy in April of 2018 when Sergeant Sean Gannon was killed in the line of duty. Also injured in this vicious attack was Gannon’s canine partner, Nero.”
“Nero suffered life-threatening injuries and was unable to be rescued due to existing state law that prohibits working animals from being treated or transported by emergency personnel.”
“Instead, Nero had to wait nearly four hours before a retired K9 police officer could arrive on scene to retrieve Nero and help with his injuries before he was driven to the emergency veterinary hospital.”
Bill sponsor Rep. Xiarhos happened to have been Sergeant Gannon’s deputy police chief during the date of the incident where Sergeant Gannon was killed and K9 Nero was injured.
On April 12th, Rep. Xiarhos called for the bill to be passed in light of the third anniversary of Sergeant Gannon’s death:
“I will never forget the sight of K9 Nero covered in blood and fighting for his life after being rescued by the brave police officers on that horrible day.”
“K9 Nero never gave up trying to protect his fallen hero. Now it is time for us to fight for him and all the devoted police dogs across our Commonwealth who serve and protect their handlers and all of us, now and for generations to come.”
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