A Long Beach dog-walking company is raising money for a new police dog and protective vests for other K-9s after a police department K-9 was shot to death during an officer-involved shooting Tuesday.
Happy Tails to You set up a GoFundMe page for their efforts, “as a way to show our love and continued support of the Long Beach Police Department and its K-9 division,” according to their Facebook page.
Credo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois was caught in the line of fire when authorities were attempting to apprehend an assault with a deadly weapon suspect.
The man was being sought by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force when he barricaded himself in an apartment in the 2800 block of East 15th Street and Long Beach police were called to assist.
The man came out of the apartment, refused to comply with officers’ demands and pulled out a knife, officials said.
One of the officers shot his weapon to protect himself and both Credo and the suspect were shot.
Credo was taken to a pet hospital in Signal Hill and later died.
Officers later lined up in the hospital as Credo was brought out and paid their final respects. Residents and their pets also showed up to show support.
Credo was partnered with handler Officer Mike Parcells, a 23-year veteran of the police department, for two years.
The officer lost another canine partner in 2005 when Ranger, also a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, was shot in the chest during a SWAT call in the 1200 block of Loma Vista Avenue, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Ranger died during surgery after also serving the department for two years.
“K-9 Officers are invaluable part of the city of Long Beach and your donation will directly help our officers who put their lives on the line every day and will help us never forget the sacrifice that Credo made for our community,” Happy Trails officials said on the GoFundMe page.
The page had raised $1,695 of its $10,000 goal as of 7:30 p.m.