Police Mourn California K-9 Killed By Friendly Fire During Standoff

Credo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was mistakingly shot by a fellow officer during a standoff with a shooting suspect.

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Credo was laid to rest June 28. He served two years with partner and handler Officer Mike Parcells. Via Long Beach Police Department/NBC News
John Virata

Credo, a K-9 officer with the Long Beach Police Department in Southern California, was laid to rest June 28 with full police honors.

The 4-year-old Belgian Malinois was killed in an apparent case of friendly fire while in the process of trying to subdue an armed suspect, who also was killed, NBC News Los Angeles reports.

During the encounter, the suspect apparently pulled out a knife. That is when another officer fired at the suspect, inadvertently hitting Credo.

Posted by Long Beach Police Department (CA) on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Credo’s partner and handler, Officer Mike Parcells, was captured on news video carrying his partner of two years in his arms, stopping once, laying the dog on the ground and throwing his helmet in anguish, before picking Credo up again and resuming a rapid walk to a waiting patrol car that whisked the stricken K-9 to an animal hospital. Credo, who was with the department for just two years, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Credo worked in the department’s patrol and narcotics division and had more than 30 apprehensions during his short career with the force, according to the Long Beach Police Department’s Facebook page. His partner, Parcells, is a 23-year veteran of the department, with 16 years as a K-9 handler.

Posted by Long Beach Police Department (CA) on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The death of Credo marks the second time that Officer Parcells lost a service animal in the line of duty. In 2005, Parcells lost Ranger, also a Belgian Malinois, in a shootout. They are the only two K-9s killed in the line of duty while serving with the Long Beach Police Department.

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