Pittsburgh K9 Dies from Stab Wound during Struggle with Fugitive

ODMPK9Pennsylvania
<p>Pittsburgh Police K9 &#39;Rocco&#39; (ODMP photo)</p>

K9 Rocco succumbed to stab wounds sustained two days earlier while protecting his handler and another officer, who were in a violent struggle with a fugitive.

The subject had attempted to disarm a deputy earlier in the day when an Allegheny County sheriff's deputy attempted to arrest him for failure to register as a sex offender and home invasion. The man was able to flee after struggling with the deputy and fled to the 3700 block of Butler Street, where he was located several hours later.

Officer located him the basement of a building. When they entered the darkened room the man began swinging a 5-inch knife at them, wounding both officers. K9 Rocco attacked the subject but suffered a deep stab wound to the back, which punctured his kidney and spine. Rocco was taken to an emergency animal hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, but died two days later.

The subject was taken into custody and faces multiple charges.

K9 Rocco had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for five years.

Condolences may be sent to:

Pittsburgh Police Department
1203 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Procession for K9 ‘Rocco’ courtesy of WPXI




RELATED ARTICLES

Video: Less Tension in NYPD

The commissioner comments on the relationships between union and city.

Violent Protests in Baltimore

Protestors cause violence and destruction after suspect’s death.

Memo Shows Special Treatment for Oklahoma Reserve Deputy Charged in Fatal Shooting

Man Fatally Shot by Police Outside NY Bar; Weapon Recovered

Protests Begin in Baltimore

Demonstrators rally after suspect died while in police custody.

Video: Texas Officers Save Man in Burning SUV

Two Mesquite officers pull an unconscious driver from a burning vehicle

LAW OFFICER CONNECT

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
JOBS