Credo died protecting his fellow officers.
Now California’s Long Beach Police Department is mourning the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, who was killed on Tuesday during a shoot out when he was hit by friendly fire.
Officers told NBC, who reported the story, that the suspect they were chasing aggressively charged at police. Credo tried to stop the man’s advance toward officers, and as the dog fought with him, the suspect produced a knife. One officer fired his gun to protect himself and the others, authorities told NBC, killing Credo and the suspect.
A video of the dog’s burial procession shows Credo’s handler, Officer Mike Parcells, a 23-year veteran of the LBPD, breaking down in tears following the loss.
It’s not the first time Parcells has lost a beloved K-9 friend.
“Credo is the second dog that Ofc. Parcells has lost in the line of duty,” reads a Facebook post about Credo on the LBPD page. “On 10/2/05, at 11:15 p.m., his K-9 partner ‘Ranger’ was shot during a SWAT call out in the 1200 block of Loma Vista Avenue. Ranger was severely injured and died during surgery after sustaining a gunshot wound to the chest.”
Both Ranger and Credo were 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, who served the LBPD and the community for two years.
“Please keep Ofc. Parcells and his family in your thoughts as they deal with this tragic loss,” the post said.