January 26, 2021

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A police dog has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside, according to local authorities.



a dog looking at the camera: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Nov. 17 in as Officer Justin Darby and his Belgian Malinois K9 officer named Sjaak — pronounced “Jacques” — were driving on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, when a gunman pulled up alongside them and opened fire on their patrol car before speeding off.


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“The officer pursued the driver, and other officers joined the pursuit,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a press release regarding the incident. “Information from the scene indicates the driver exited his vehicle and fired at officers, with officers returning fire. The subject got back into his vehicle and drove further into the parking lot, striking a parked vehicle before coming to rest.”

The officers then approached the vehicle and discovered that the suspect had sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout. The man involved in the incident was immediately transported to a local area hospital where he was declared deceased from his injury.

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Officer Darby was not injured in the shooting but it was only in the aftermath of the police chase and the subsequent shootout that the officer discovered that his K9 partner Sjaak had struck three times by the assailant’s bullets.

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

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a close up of a dog: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


© La Vergne Police Department
A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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Sjaak was immediately taken to a veterinary hospital where he underwent emergency surgery on Nov. 18 to treat the wounds he suffered in the shooting but, sadly, did not survive the operation.

Said the La Verge Police Department in a press release: “It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away.“

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“Our hearts are broken,” Chief Davis said in a separate following the passing of the K9 officer. “Our K9s are members of the LPD family. Sjaak was

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A K9 officer has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside, according to local authorities.



a dog looking at the camera: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


© La Vergne Police Department
A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Nov. 17 in as Officer Justin Darby and his Belgian Mallinois K9 officer named Sjaak — pronounced “Jacques” — were driving on Murfreesboro Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, when a gunman pulled up alongside them and opened fire on their patrol car before speeding off.


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“The officer pursued the driver, and other officers joined the pursuit,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said in a press release regarding the incident. “Information from the scene indicates the driver exited his vehicle and fired at officers, with officers returning fire. The subject got back into his vehicle and drove further into the parking lot, striking a parked vehicle before coming to rest.”

The officers then approached the vehicle and discovered that the suspect had sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout. The man involved in the incident was immediately transported to a local area hospital where he was declared deceased from his injury.

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Officer Darby was not injured in the shooting but it was only in the aftermath of the police chase and the subsequent shootout that the officer discovered that his K9 partner Sjaak had struck three times by the assailant’s bullets.

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

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a close up of a dog: A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


© La Vergne Police Department
A K9 officer named Sjaak has been shot and killed after a suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle with the dog and his human partner inside on Nov. 17 in La Vergne, Tennessee.


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Sjaak was immediately taken to a veterinary hospital where he underwent emergency surgery on Nov. 18 to treat the wounds he suffered in the shooting but, sadly, did not survive the operation.

Said the La Verge Police Department in a press release: “It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away.“

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“Our hearts are broken,” Chief Davis said in a separate following the passing of the K9 officer. “Our K9s are members of the LPD family. Sjaak was

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