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Tennessee K-9 dies after being shot multiple times ‘in the line of duty’

La Vergne, Tennessee police K-9 Sjaak died before going into emergency surgery on Wednesday. (Source: La Vergne Police Department/Facebook)
La Vergne, Tennessee police K-9 Sjaak died before going into emergency surgery on Wednesday. (Source: La Vergne Police Department/Facebook) (Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

LA VERGNE, Tenn. – A K-9 with the La Vergne, Tennessee Police Department is dead after he was reportedly shot several times “in the line of duty” November 17, according to report by WOIO.

K-9 Sjaak was shot three times after a man driving down Murfreesboro Road shot at Officer Justin Darby according to the police department. He was in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re all praying for Sjaak and Officer Darby,” says Interim Chief Chip Davis. “A K9 is more than just a dog to our handlers, they’re a partner,” the team wrote in a post.

By Wednesday evening, authorities confirmed Sjaak had died.

It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away. Sjaak (pron: Jacques)...

Posted by La Vergne Police Department on Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Sjaak was scheduled to undergo emergency surgery Wednesday, but he did not survive the operation.

“It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away,” LPD said in a tweet.

This incident is under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


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