A Las Vegas, Nevada, police dog has been killed in the line of duty, just three weeks after he returned to active duty after a serious injury.
Nicky, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, was shot beside his partner, Sgt. Eric Kerns, as they confronted an armed man. The as-yet-unidentified suspect — who witnesses said was randomly firing his gun at people in a residential neighborhood — was also shot during the incident. The bodies of a man and a woman, identified only by their first names, were found near the crime scene.
According to 3 News, Nicky had been instructed to take down the suspect when he was shot. One witness said that he heard Kerns yelling immediately afterwards.
“I just heard someone say, ‘You just killed my dog,'” resident Brian Nance told the news station.
“It’s devastating to lose that dog,” Las Vegas Metro Police Department Captain Shawn Anderson said. “That dog is one of us.”
No one could question Nicky’s bravery. In February, a suspect he was pursuing stabbed him several times with a machete. He recovered from his injuries and returned to duty on March 10.
LVMPD is encouraging others to post their condolences on the Friends for Las Vegas Police K9’s Facebook page.
Thank you for your service, Nicky.