BRAINTREE, Mass. — A memorial service for a police dog killed during an investigation that also resulted in gunshot injuries to two officers was held at Gillette Stadium Tuesday.
The service for Kitt, a Belgian malinois, began at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with limited attendance to uniformed public safety personnel and guests.
Kitt was shot and killed on June 4 while chasing a domestic violence suspect. Police say the dog diverted the attention of the armed suspect away from his handler, officer William Cushing Jr., and two other officers.
“As the suspect repeatedly fired his weapon, K-9 Kitt heroically advanced toward the suspect, causing him to turn his attention away from the officers,” Dubois said in a statement. “During this exchange of gunfire, K-9 Kitt, Officer Cushing, and Officer Matthew Donoghue each sustained multiple gunshot wounds. K-9 Kitt succumbed to his injuries, valiantly giving his life for the lives of his fellow officers.”
The suspect was killed in the confrontation.
Cushing and Donoghue have been released from the hospital and are recovering at home. The third officer was not hurt.
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