Memorial service held for fallen K9 officer killed in Herkimer shootout

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

QUANTICO, Virginia (WKTV) - A memorial service was held on Monday for Ape, the FBI dog that was killed in the shootout with Kurt Myers in the Village of Herkimer on Thursday.

Authorities say that Ape, a Czech German Shepherd, protected his human handler when authorities entered the former Glory Days bar on North Main Street in Herkimer Thursday following a roughly 20 hour standoff with Myers. Police say Myers was holed up in the abandoned bar after setting fire to his apartment in Mohawk, then shooting four people in John's Barbershop in the Village of Mohawk, killing tow, and shooting and killing two people at Gaffey's car care in the Village of Herkimer.

When law enforcement entered the building on North Main Street Thursday morning, State Police say Myers was waiting for them and opened fire, hitting and killing Ape. That's when authorities returned fire and killed Myers.

Ape was taken to Quantico, Virginia to be buried.

Born on November 17, 2010, Ape began duty with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing training last October.

The FBI states that Ape will be greatly missed.

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