On His Second Mission, an FBI Tactical Dog named Ape Was Killed by Gunman

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Steve Neavling

It was Ape’s second mission.

The Czech German Shepherd was searching inside an abandoned bar in upstate New York for a man accused of killing four people and shooting at police officers when the suspect shot the tactical dog in the chest, the New York Times reports.

Police returned fire and killed Ape, who was 2 years 4 months old and equipped with a camera.

“We were trying to do everything we could to try to save its life,” Dr. Emily M. Green, one of the veterinarians at Herkimer Veterinary Associates who worked on Ape, told the Times.

Ape was the second FBI tactical canine to die in the line of duty since October 2009, the New York Times reported.

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