Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Long Beach PD: Officer shot

I have absolutely no problem with someone getting killed after they decide that it's their turn to shoot a police dog.
Los Angeles police allegedly shot and killed a gang member after he killed a police dog that had been ordered to subdue him, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Ranger, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois was attempting to subdue the suspected gang member who had allegedly fired on Long Beach officers hours earlier, the report said.

The report said Officer Mike Parcells, ordered the dog to subdue the man who was hiding underneath a porch. Ranger died from a gunshot to the chest.

The suspect, Agustin Murguia Jr., had allegedly fired a single shot, and SWAT officers responded with a volley. The 22-year-old parolee was dead when officers reached him, the report said.

"The last thing you tell your dog is to go do its job, and he gets killed for doing it," said a former K-9 officer. Parcells had purchased Ranger with his own money from a breeder in Holland two years ago.

Ask anyone who has worked a K-9 unit, and they'll tell you the best partner they ever had was their police dog. Not only are they a part of the force, but they're like a member of the family as well.

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