'Amazing' Ill. Police K-9 Killed During Shootout with Suspect

Jan. 29, 2024
Nyx, a K-9 with the Rockford Police Department, was shot and killed when gunfire erupted during a search for a suspect, who was wounded in the leg in the incident.

An Illinois police K-9 was killed Sunday in a shootout that erupted during a for a suspect.

The incident began when Rockford police responded to a call near a golf course, WREX-TV reports. After reaching the scene, officers widened a search for a suspect, who was found about a mile and a half away from the location of the original call.

Officers confronted the suspect, and a shootout ensued. Nyx, a Rockford police K-9, was fatally shot in the gunfight, which also wounded the suspect in the leg.

"I'm beyond saddened to hear about the brave K-9 officer from Rockford PD who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty," State Rep. John Cabello, who also is a member of the Rockford Police Department, said in a statement. "This incident is yet another reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers and their K-9 partners face daily to keep our community safe."

A Belgian Malinois originally from Poland, Nyx had been trained for multiple roles, including drug detection, evidence recovery and suspect apprehension. A police procession was held for the K-9 following the incident.

"Nyx was an amazing K9 officer and we have heavy hearts for her handler," Kathy Hansen, board president of the Friends of Rockford Police K-9, said in a statement.

The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force is investigating the shooting.

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