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Illinois Police Officer, K-9 Killed After Crusier Struck

A Pontiac, Ill. police officer and his K-9 partner were killed Wednesday night when their cruiser was struck by another vehicle.

Officer Casey Kohlmeier and his dog, Draco, were in their marked police vehicle in a median turnaround on I-55 in Livingston County when they were hit shortly after 9:30 p.m., according to The Pantagraph.

Both the 29-year-old officer and the K-9 were pronounced dead on the scene while the driver of the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital.

"It's a sad day here," Mayor Bob Russell told the newspaper. "I've been on the phone all morning. It's just devastating."

Kohlmeier has been a member of the Pontiac Police Department since January 2007 and is survived by his parents and family members.

The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police. will provide more information as it becomes available.