Farmington, UT – Davis County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) K9 Chopper died in the line of duty on Nov. 20, when he was struck by a motor vehicle.
The fatal collision occurred near the DCSO’s Farmington office on State Street at approximately 7:15 p.m., the agency said in a Facebook post the following day.
The six-and-one-half-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix “managed to get out of the truck kennel and ran north…directly into live traffic,” the sheriff’s office said.
K9 Chopper was struck by a vehicle, and died instantly.
He served DCSO as an apprehension, drug detection, and tracking K9 for over five years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
"We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chopper," Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks said in a news release, according to KSTU. "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."
The DCSO held a line-of-duty memorial service for K9 Chopper on Tuesday.
“Thank you to everyone who reached out to us about K9 Chopper, shared their time and talent in his honor, and to those who took the time to attend his line-of-duty memorial service,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post the following day. “The love, kindness and support shown to us by our partners and the public means the world to us. RIP Chopper.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in the loss of K9 Chopper.