FARMINGTON, Utah, Nov. 21, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Davis County Sheriff Department K-9 Chopper died on Wednesday after being struck in the roadway by a vehicle, officials say.
“Chopper, a K-9 with Davis County Sheriff’s Office for 5.5 years, died on Nov. 20 after running into traffic and being struck by a vehicle,” the department’s statement says.
“At approximately 7:15 pm, the deputy/handler of Chopper briefly stopped at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in Farmington and, while inside, Chopper managed to get out of the truck kennel and ran north, toward State Street.
“Chopper ran directly into live traffic, was hit, and the impact killed him 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.”
Chopper, a six and a half year old Shepherd mix, was trained in drug detection, tracking, deputy protection, building and area searches, and the apprehension of suspects, the statement says.
“His skills greatly enhanced our ability to respond to multiple emergencies.”
A line-of-duty memorial service will be held for Chopper and details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed.