During a standoff in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a State-police K9 named Frankie was shot and killed. Later, the suspect committed suicide. Let’s see the K-9 Dog Cause of death.
How did K-9 Dog die?
Colonel Christopher Mason of the MSP said in a statement that was posted on Tuesday night, “I must inform you that a Massachusetts State Police K9 was murdered tonight while performing his duties.
During an attempt to capture a wanted fugitive who had barricaded himself inside a home, K9 Frankie was shot and killed. Trooper David Stucenski, Frankie’s handler, was unharmed.”
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) July 26, 2022
K-9 Dog Cause of death
At a three-story multi-family residence in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, K9 Frankie of the Massachusetts State Police was engaged in a standoff with a wanted fugitive when he was shot and killed.
Frankie is the first canine member of the Massachusetts State Police to die while on duty.
Who is Mack?
Mason claimed that at about 9 AM on Tuesday, personnel of the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section were watching the multi-family house at 40 Oliver St. in Fitchburg after learning that Matthew Mack, 38, of Fitchburg, was there.
As an accessory after the fact of a shooting that occurred on July 21 in Fitchburg, Mack was wanted on outstanding warrants for firearms violations.
Police had troops to catch Mack?
Mack was approached by the troopers but he resisted leaving the premises. Police had cause to think Mack had a history of violence and was armed. Around 12 PM, the MSP Special Tactical Operations arrived on the scene and set up camp. Additionally arriving on the site, mediators from the MSP Crisis Negotiation Unit established phone contact with Mack.
Is the Police caught, Mack?
In an effort to convince Mack to submit quietly, negotiators spoke with him and other family members numerous times.
Just before 3 o’clock, police saw Mack standing close to a home’s back exit. Trooper Stucenski and K9 Frankie, both members of the STOP Team, walked over to the back exit and caught Mack.
What happened to the K-9 dog?
Frankie was hit by one of Mack’s many shots that were aimed toward team members. The suspect then went back inside the house.
K9 Frankie was taken from the site to an ambulance by members of the STOP Team after being picked up. K9 Frankie was transported to Westminster’s Wachusett Animal Hospital, where he was later declared dead.
When did the gunshot happen?
A drone was placed on the exterior of the house by the State Police Drone Unit many hours later, just before 5:30 PM. Mack was found dead inside the home from what seemed to be a self-inflicted gunshot, according to the drone.
Throughout the encounter, no police officers fired their firearms.
Who is K-9 Dog?
Frankie, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois, spent around nine years as an MSP member. Frankie was an MSP soldier who had received numerous awards. They received recognition for catching a hit-and-run suspect who, while being chased on foot down a Springfield street by Trooper Stucenski and Frankie, turned and shot at them. The trooper was not hit, and Frankie and Frankie caught him. For the same incident, Trooper Stucenski and Frankie received the State Police Medal of Merit.
K-9 dog’s honors
The United States Police Canine Association gave Trooper Stucenski and Frankie three honors in 2014 for their work in law enforcement, agility, and evidence recovery.
At the 2017 George L. Hanna Awards for Bravery, the state’s premier law enforcement honors ceremony, he and Trooper Stucenski received the Medal of Valor
The Special Tactical Operations Team members Trooper Stucenski, Frankie, and others were recognized in June 2022 for their role in capturing an armed child pornography suspect who had fired upon them as they attempted to arrest him in a West Springfield motel in 2019.
What made it possible for Frankie to emergency care?
Nero’s Law, which was approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2021, made it possible for Frankie to receive emergency care when he was taken by Fitchburg EMS in an ambulance to an animal hospital this afternoon.
Tribute to K-9 dog’s Death
Steve Cooper said,
Decorated Dog: Remembering Frankie..the first Mass State Police K-9 killed in the line of duty..his handler was not hurt during today’s standoff in Fitchburg where the suspect ultimately took his own life #7News
Nate Carlisle said,
I’m at the hearing for SLC K-9 handler Nickolas Pearce. The judge will decide if enough evidence for him to stand trial on two felony assault charges for a siccing dog on suspects surrendering. Officers gave him a standing ovation this a.m.
Victoria Price said,
Frankie is the first MSP K-9 killed in the line of duty and believed to be the first police dog in Mass to benefit from Nero’s Law, rushed by ambulance to an animal hospital. Sadly, it still wasn’t enough to save him.
REST IN PEACE: @MassStatePolice K-9 Frankie was killed in the line of duty during an armed standoff in Fitchburg today. MSP says the suspect fired at several officers including Frankie as they tried to apprehend him. @7news
Marcela E. Garcia said,
K-9 Frankie, who would have turned 11 next month and was a member of the department for about nine years, is the first State Police dog killed in the line of duty. Frankie’s transportation to the animal hospital by a Fitchburg EMS ambulance marked the first use of Nero’s Law.
SV De-Bug said,
During the full minute of an SJPD K-9 on the neck of an unarmed man, tearing his windpipe and almost killing him, the only commands the officers said during the attack was to the man getting mauled: “Don’t fight the dog!” After the attack, police tell the dog, “rest.”
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