Police K-9 killed in armed standoff with wanted fugitive in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Police K-9 killed in armed standoff with wanted fugitive in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

A Massachusetts State Police K-9 was killed Tuesday as members of the police fugitive apprehension team attempted to take a person into custody inside a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, home Tuesday afternoon.”It is with tremendous sadness that I announce that a Massachusetts State Police K -9 was killed in the line of duty today,” Col. Christopher Mason said. “K-9 Frankie was fatally shot today during an attempt to apprehend a wanted fugitive who had barricaded himself inside a residence.” Mason said they had received information that a fugitive suspect, identified by police as Matthew Mack, 38, was inside a multi -family home at 40 Oliver Street in Fitchburg.Police said Mack was wanted on warrants, charging him with firearms offenses and accessory after the fact stemming from a shooting incident on July 21 in Fitchburg.Negotiators from the state police Crisis Negotiation Unit also responded at that time to the scene and establish communication with Mack via telephone. In an effort to de-escalate this, the incident negotiators were able to have multiple conversations with Mack, as well as with members of his family whom they contacted in an attempt to persuade him to surrender peacefully. At approximately 2:48 pm, Mack was observed at the rear exit of the residence and a decision was made to apprehend him.”During the attempt to apprehend him, Mack fired multiple shots towards team members and struck Frankie,” Mason said.K-9 Frankie was transported from the scene by ambulance to Wachusett Animal Hospital in Westminster, where he was pronounced dead, Mason said. Police said just after 5 pm, a drone was used to determine the suspect was dead inside the home, from what authorities said appeared to be a self- inflicted gunshot.”No police officers fired their weapons during the course of this incident,” Mason said.Police said Frankie was a Belgian Malinois who would have turned 11 years old next month.Mason said Frankie was a member of the state police for approximately nine years. “Frankie was a highly decorated member of the Massachusetts State Police. In 2017, he and Sgt. David Stucenski were awarded the Medal of Valor,” Mason said. Frankie is the first Massachusetts State Police canine killed in the line of duty. “His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Mason said. Nero’s Law, which was signed back in February, ensures law enforcement officers’ K-9 partners receive life-saving medical attention and transport if they are injured in the line of duty. law authorizes emergency medical service personnel to provide emergency treatment and transport of K-9 partners, including basic first aid, CPR and administering life-saving interventions such as naloxone. The legislation was drafted in response to the shooting that claimed the life of Yarmouth Police K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon.

A Massachusetts State Police K-9 was killed Tuesday as members of the police fugitive apprehension team attempted to take a person into custody inside a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, home Tuesday afternoon.

“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce that a Massachusetts State Police K-9 was killed in the line of duty today,” Col. Christopher Mason said. “K-9 Frankie was fatally shot today during an attempt to apprehend a wanted fugitive who had barricaded himself inside a residence.”

Mason said they had received information that a fugitive suspect, identified by police as Matthew Mack, 38, was inside a multi-family home at 40 Oliver Street in Fitchburg.

Police said Mack was wanted on warrants, charging him with firearms offenses and accessory after the fact stemming from a shooting incident on July 21 in Fitchburg.

Negotiators from the state police Crisis Negotiation Unit also responded at that time to the scene and establish communication with Mack via telephone. In an effort to de-escalate this, the incident negotiators were able to have multiple conversations with Mack, as well as with members of his family of him whom they contacted in an attempt to persuade him to surrender peacefully.

At approximately 2:48 pm, Mack was observed at the rear exit of the residence and a decision was made to apprehend him.

“During the attempt to apprehend him, Mack fired multiple shots towards team members and struck Frankie,” Mason said.

K-9 Frankie was transported from the scene by ambulance to Wachusett Animal Hospital in Westminster, where he was pronounced dead, Mason said.

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Police said just after 5 pm, a drone was used to determine the suspect was dead inside the home, from what authorities said appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot.

“No police officers fired their weapons during the course of this incident,” Mason said.

Police said Frankie was a Belgian Malinois who would have turned 11 years old next month.

Mason said Frankie was a member of the state police for approximately nine years.

“Frankie was a highly decorated member of the Massachusetts State Police. In 2017, he and

Sgt. David Stucenski were awarded the Medal of Valor,” Mason said.

Frankie is the first Massachusetts State Police canine killed in the line of duty. “His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Mason said.

Nero’s Law, which was signed back in February, ensures law enforcement officers’ K-9 partners receive life-saving medical care and transport if they are injured in the line of duty.

The law authorizes emergency medical service personnel to provide emergency treatment and transport of K-9 partners, including basic first aid, CPR and administering life-saving interventions such as naloxone.

The legislation was drafted in response to the shooting that claimed the life of Yarmouth Police K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon.

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