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K-9 killed in the line of duty to be buried in a custom casket bearing his portrait

Police dog killed in the line of duty will be buried in a special casket bearing his portrait

Hondo was shot while helping officers in Salt Lake City on February 13.
Hondo was shot while helping officers in Salt Lake City on February 13.

A Utah police dog killed in action is being buried in a custom coffin.

Hondo was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, who served with Herriman City’s Police Department.

He helped with more than 100 felony arrests.

But, on Feb. 13, he suffered a fatal gunshot wound while helping apprehend a suspect in Salt Lake City.

To honor him, the department asked Rawtin Garage to paint this casket.

It features an image of Hondo and symbols of his service.

HPD chief Troy Carr says Hondo died so his handler could live.

A public service for Hondo will take place Feb. 29.