A dog from the Oklahoma City Police K-9 unit was buried with full police honors after he was killed on the job.
The 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd named Kye had served with the department’s K-9 unit since 2012, according to a Newsday report. Kye was partnered with Sergeant Ryan Stark and the two shared a close bond.
The tragic incident occurred while Stark had Kye were attempting to stop a car thief suspect armed with a hidden knife, Today reported. The suspect lead police on a car pursuit and eventually tried to flee by foot, at which point Kye gave chase.
Stark saw the suspect stab the dog with a knife multiple times, and reacted by firing a shot that killed the suspect. Kye, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries the following day, according to a post by the Oklahoma City Police on Facebook.
The German Shepher was placed out in a flag-draped coffin as police and other police dogs stopped by to pay their respects. The dog was given a 21-gun salute.
At the service, Stark was able to give a tearful farewell to his loyal partner. Thankfully he wasn’t alone in doing so–he had the companionship of fellow mourners, who numbered around 1,000 visitors as estimated by Captain Dexter Nelson, a spokesperson for the department.
Check out the news report above.