A Georgia deputy, who authorities said “followed his training,” shot and killed a police dog after the canine bit him during a pursuit, officials said Monday.
The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that K-9 Verro, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois who was handled by Corporal Brandon Kilgore for more than seven years, was shot by another deputy who had been bitten from behind while he was running after a suspect.
“K-9 Verro was the kind of working dog that any handler would dream of,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “He had a high drive to fight crime and was relentless in his work ethic.”
Deputies said they responded to a domestic dispute Friday afternoon in Dallas, Ga., approximately 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, and spotted a man matching a suspect description inside a car. When they tried to stop the car, deputies said the passenger, who was later confirmed to be the suspect, took off on foot.