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Updated: Stabbed Pittsburgh K-9 Succumbs to Wounds

January 30, 2014  | 

Rocco (Photo: Pittsburgh Police)
Rocco (Photo: Pittsburgh Police)

Rocco, the Pittsburgh police K-9 officer, has died.

City police officials were preparing for a press conference this evening to detail the circumstances of the German shepherd's rapid demise today. Earlier, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Rocco had been improving at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center on Camp Horne Road.

But this afternoon, dozens of Pittsburgh police officers began arriving at the clinic to pay their last respects to Rocco, who was stabbed Tuesday night while apprehending a suspect, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.

The dog was injured Tuesday night while helping Pittsburgh police capture a fugitive, 21-year-old John Rush of Stowe, who police said was found lurking in the basement of a building in the 3700 block of Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Comments (13)

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NailaSch2 @ 1/30/2014 12:18 PM

Go Rocco!!!! Gsd's are very tough mentally too. I hope Rocco got his jab in also. God will heal you Rocco. Got to protect those k-9's too. I bet Rocco still wants to go right back to work. Keeping you in the prayer pool Rocco.

Always your sister,
Naila Schutzhund II

enubus @ 1/30/2014 3:32 PM

I hope Mr. Rush gets a long prison sentence for attempted murder on a police officer.

Chuck @ 1/30/2014 3:38 PM

Godspeed little buddy. My dog Bella and I have you in our prayers

Nick @ 1/30/2014 4:38 PM

I just saw that Rocco has passed away.

Howard Herring @ 1/30/2014 5:22 PM

Unfortunately, Nick is correct. Another link in the thin blue line is gone. PO Rocco EOW 30-Jan 2014. RIP.

Tschako @ 1/30/2014 6:57 PM

We put them in dangerous situations, and they willingly risk and lose their lives for us. To most, they're the best partners we've ever had. They truly deserve full honors as sworn Police Officers. Rest in peace, Officer Rocco.

Tschako @ 1/30/2014 6:57 PM

We put them in dangerous situations, and they willingly risk and lose their lives for us. To most, they're the best partners we've ever had. They truly deserve full honors as sworn Police Officers. Rest in peace, Officer Rocco.

Dan Paidousis @ 1/31/2014 8:57 AM

Rest in peace Rocco, your reward awaits you.

Connie W. Pender/CPSO @ 1/31/2014 9:56 AM

Thoughts and Prayers to Rocco, the Pittsburgh Police Dept. and the Ctizens of Pittsburgh.........God Bless.
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office-Shreveport, LA

Robert McKinney @ 1/31/2014 2:24 PM

God bless this friendly officer he's due full honors!!!

SSC1911 @ 1/31/2014 6:13 PM


A true hero amongst the other K-9's and hero brothers/sisters in blue.
May God watch over you,

TheRookie @ 1/31/2014 10:15 PM

R.I.P. Rocco and may this dirt bag receive a penalty for 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer. K-9's have unconditional loyalty and love for their partner.

36-963 @ 2/1/2014 6:56 PM

Rest in peace, faithful friend. When your murderer comes to the Pearly Gates and is turned away, don't forget to pee on his leg before you go back to playing catch with the angels.

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