Hero Down: Crowley Police K9 Roscoe Murdered
Crowley, LA - Crowley Police K9 Roscoe was murdered along with two other people. Roscoe's handler, Crowley Police Officer Tate Thibodeaux, was shot in the same incident on Wednesday night, March 22, 2017.
According to KATC, the incident began at a residence on Josey Street about 10:30 PM when Crowley Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, Crowley K9 Officer Thibodeaux and K9 Roscoe approached the residence and kicked in the door. The suspect, who was inside, began shooting at them.
Officer Thibodeaux was struck in the thigh and released K9 Roscoe, who was shot and killed. The suspect then came out of the residence and began shooting at other officers, who returned fire. The suspect was shot and killed during the gunfight.
Investigators went to a residence on South Avenue G on Thursday morning, March 23, 2017, about 6:30 AM to talk with a woman who lived there. Her vehicle had been found at the Josey Street residence. They found the body of the woman inside of the residence, along with her two children, who were not harmed. The children were turned over to relatives.
Police believe that the suspect went to the South Avenue G residence first, and then drove that victim's car to the Josey Street residence.
Witnesses said that the suspect walked up to the door of the Josey Street residence, knocked on the door, and shot a female victim there numerous times.
The suspect, who was not identified, apparently knew both women. The second woman who was killed was also not identified.
Officer Thibodeaux has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering. The Louisiana State Police are conducting the investigation.
K9 Roscoe was a Belgian Malinois. He was six-years-old and had been with the department for six months.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured K9 Officer Thibodeaux and his agency in the loss of K9 Roscoe.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with the families of the two women who were killed.