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El Mirage police K-9 shot, killed during officer-involved shooting

Posted at 7:43 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 11:43:36-05

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — El Mirage police say a suspect who allegedly killed a K9 Officer Friday night is no longer a threat to the community.

In a post on the El Mirage Police Department's Facebook page, Chief Paul Marzocca wrote, "Tonight we had a very serious situation in our city in which our K9 Koki was killed protecting his fellow officers. I want you to know the community is safe and the suspect is no longer a threat."

According to police, K9 Koki was killed protecting his fellow officers around 5:30 p.m. on Friday near Grand Avenue and Acoma Drive.

It is unclear at this time who or what police were investigating when Koki was shot.

The El Mirage Police Department announced K9 Koki's passing on Facebook, writing, "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our K9 Koki, who was killed in the line of duty tonight protecting other officers from harm. He will be greatly missed."

Police say no officers were injured during the incident aside from Koki.