K-9 shot in the line of duty back on his paws

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.


Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Sunday, April 15, 2018

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.

OUR FOUR-LEGGED HERO! The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department are proud to report that our beloved K9 NERO is back on his feet---FIGHTING back and standing STRONG! 💙

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Saturday, April 14, 2018

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