Washington Police Dog Killed While Apprehending Suspect
The Clark County Sheriff’s office lost a fellow officer when a police dog was brutally stabbed and killed in the line of duty Saturday morning.
Sgt. Scott Schanaker said police K-9 Kane was helping deputies search for two suspects who had fled in a stolen vehicle shortly after midnight, ramming a police car during their escape. After tracking and locating one of the suspects, Kane attempted to detain him when the suspect suddenly turned and started stabbing the dog repeatedly, Schanaker said. Kane refused to let go of the criminal, clamping down and holding on until his injuries rendered him too weak to fight.
The critically wounded dog was later transported to St. Francis Animal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had recently completed six years of service with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and was scheduled to retire next year. Kane was recognized in 2008 by the President’s Executive Office of National Drug Control Policy for his work on marijuana eradication projects.
A SWAT team apprehended suspects Keegan H. Graves, 31, of La Center, who was arrested on allegations of harming a police dog, auto theft, and attempting to elude a police officer, and Natasa M. Cresap, 22, of Yacolt, who is being held on a corrections warrant.
If so moved to, people may email their condolences for Kane to Rick Osborne (handler) at: [email protected]