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Video: Portland K-9 Slain Saving Shot Handler

April 17, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Portland K-9 Slain Saving Shot Handler

A K-9 named Mick whose human partner was shot and wounded early Wednesday morning in Southwest Portland, Ore., was found dead from gunshot wounds after a widespread search involving police, bloodhounds, area residents and even TriMet bus drivers, reports

"Mick saved my life," said the dog's partner, Portland Police Officer Jeff Dorn.

The German Shepherd vanished after the officer-involved shooting, according to Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. The dog had been wearing a specialized K-9 police harness, but not a bullet-proof vest.

Dorn was shot in both legs by the 20-year-old suspect and was recovering at Legacy Emanuel Hospital Wednesday afternoon. He is a 16-year veteran of the Bureau.

Tags: K-9 Units, Portland Police Bureau, Officer Involved Shootings

Comments (11)

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TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 4/17/2014 4:39 PM

I was a K-9 handler for 11 years in the Navy. Rest in peace Mick. My sincere condolences to your partner and to your department. Godspeed as you run through the clouds. You will not be forgotten.

KevCopAz @ 4/17/2014 9:03 PM

God sent Dogs to be mans best friend and back-up. Life and police work would not be the same without the loyalty, companionship and dedication to man that dogs bring. They ask only for love and friendship in return, mankind can learn form this "animal".

Robert Smith @ 4/17/2014 10:14 PM

Mick, RIP bro. Thank you for your service.

I wish there was more to this story... offense, status of subject....

bob retired leo @ 4/17/2014 11:29 PM

I hope Off. Dom is healing well and that Mick is in canine heaven. Bless you both.

Charles D. Rutta @ 4/18/2014 7:40 AM

Rest in peace Mick; your sacrifice and service is appreciated. Recover well Officer Dorn and hope your back on the street soon. Your needed. Thanks.

Monica @ 4/18/2014 7:53 AM

My husband was a k9 handler for the mp. We know all too well the sacrifice these dogs give. God bless you Mick and Ofc. Dorn. I don't understand why all depts. don't issue vests for every officer and all k9s. The cost should not be more important than the lives these heroes protect. RIP Mick.

Retired Chief @ 4/18/2014 11:41 AM

Robert Smith
3 suspects were interrupted burglarizing a police uniform and equipment shop. They fled when officers arrived and a short pursuit resulted in the suspects vehicle crashing. 2 of the suspects remained in the vehicle and were taken into custody. The third suspect split on foot and the officer sent his K-9 to make the apprehension while the officer also ran after the suspect on foot.

The suspect spun around with a weapon as the dog lunged. The dog was between the suspect and the officer. The dog took a fatal hit and the officer was hit in both legs. Suspect was later captured and had a head injury. While not confirmed it may have been from a round fired at him.

The K-9 obviously hit ran a short distance and collapsed and died under a hedge. The handler is certain the dog saved his life. Handler still in hospital and expected to fully recover.

Retired Chief @ 4/18/2014 11:42 AM

In this case a vest would probably have not made a difference as the suspect fired a rifle and most vests won't stop a rifle round

chuck @ 4/19/2014 11:48 AM

God bless you k9 Mick. My dog Bella and I have you in our prayers. God bless all k9's and their handlers

Renee @ 4/21/2014 5:17 AM

RIP Mick, glad Officer Dorn is going to be fine.

Brian @ 4/23/2014 11:42 AM

I've been handler for 28 yrs, and the bond is strong and forever, God bless you both and Mick will forever remembered amount us "Crooked legs" and be held in Gods hands for giving his life for his partner. True Guardians!

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