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FBI mourns loss of K-9 team member lost in shootout
HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The FBI is mourning the loss of their K-9 team member after the German Shepherd was shot by Kurt Myers in a shootout Thursday morning.
According to FBI Special Agent Ann Todd, the K-9 was named "Ape," and was accompanying agents who were attempting to arrest Myers after he went in a standoff with police after he went on an alleged shooting spree in Herkimer County.
Ape began duty with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing training last October.
Officials say that "Ape" will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia, where a memorial will be held and his name will be added to a memorial wall.
He was a Czech German Shepherd born on November 17, 2010.
Special Agent Todd said, "Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed."
She adds, "He will be missed by his FBI family."