CAPE COD — After being shot in the line of duty, a K9 officer is fighting back.
K-9 Nero was shot along with his partner, Yarmouth Officer Sean Gannon, while serving a warrant last Thursday. Gannon was killed and Nero was badly injured.
The suspect, 29-year-old Thomas Latanowich of Somerville, was allegedly hiding in the attic when the shooting occurred.
A law enforcement source told Boston 25 News a bullet went through Nero's cheek and into his shoulder. He underwent emergency surgery and has been receiving around the clock care since.
Barnstable Police reported K-9 Nero 'is progressing with his recovery each day.' He is now able to walk around and eat, even if just a little, on his own.
Nero is still under 24-hour police coverage, where Peter McClelland is standing by Nero's side throughout his recovery.
Shortly after midnight Sunday, Yarmouth Police posted an update about Nero, showing the pup on a walk.
"FIGHTING back and standing STRONG!" said the police department.
The Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay are caring for Nero.
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