K-9 dies during search for burglary suspects in Pennsylvania; 5 arrested
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) - A Pennsylvania community is mourning a police dog who died in the line of duty while searching for five burglary suspects.
Police say a K-9 officer named Titan died overnight Sunday on the job. Officers were called for a burglary in progress at the old Acme and Goodwill warehouse building in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Two suspects were taken into custody before Officer Brian Stevens and Titan, his K-9 partner, were called in to look for three others.
As the two searched the fourth floor, police say Titan fell through an unsecured, open elevator shaft. A rescue effort was conducted, but the K-9 died of his injuries.
All five suspects were eventually located and taken into custody. Police identified them as 22-year-old Kayla McCarty, 24-year-old Corey McCarty, 27-year-old Derrick McCarty, 52-year-old Robert McCarty and 25-year-old Sean Robertson.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
The police K-9 unit plans to have a memorial service for Titan on Monday. He had served with the department since 2014.
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