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Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Killed After Running Into Traffic

(Davis County Sheriff's Office)

FARMINGTON, Utah – A K-9 unit with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office has been killed after running into traffic.

Officials said the incident happened Wednesday around 7:15 p.m. while the dog’s handler was stopped at the sheriff’s office at 800 West State Street in Farmington.

They said the six-and-a-half-year-old dog, named Chopper, somehow got out of the deputy’s truck kennel and ran into live traffic on State Street.

The impact killed the dog instantly.

“We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chopper,” said Sheriff Kelly Sparks. “Our K-9s are family and they work side-by-side with our deputies, day in and day out, to fulfill our mission and duty to serve the public. His death impacts all of us.”

According to a release issued by the sheriff’s office, Chopper was trained in “drug detection, tracking, deputy protection, building and area searches, and the apprehension of suspects.”

Officials were working on the details for a line-of-duty memorial service.

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