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Omaha K-9 Killed in 26-Hour Standoff, Suspect in Custody

January 24, 2016  | 

Omaha K-9 Kobus with his handler, Officer Matthew McKinney. Kobus was killed in a standoff Saturday. (Photo: Omaha PD)
Omaha K-9 Kobus with his handler, Officer Matthew McKinney. Kobus was killed in a standoff Saturday. (Photo: Omaha PD)

A man held Nebraska law enforcement in a standoff that lasted 26 hours and shot and killed an Omaha Police K-9 before his arrest Saturday night.

The K-9, named "Kobus," had been with the department since 2008.

Mark L'Heureux, 59, surrendered to law enforcement shortly before 7:00 p.m., after walking out of a house near 83rd and Keystone Drive. 

During the lengthy standoff, L'Heureux allegedly fired at Douglas County Sheriff's deputies.

Deputies initially went to the home Friday afternoon to serve a mental health warrant. L'Heureux locked himself alone in the home and refused to come out, according to Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler.

Investigators said L'Heureux had several guns and ammunition inside the home so SWAT officials, negotiators, and the Omaha Police Bomb Squad were on the scene.

Kobus was going to be retired in the next several months, KETV reports.


Comments (4)

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Robert Hillsman, M.D. @ 1/25/2016 5:52 PM

Do we have any information collected on what aspect of the dog(s) are being struck so as to determine if the recent trend toward K-9 vests should be expanded? If there is any such data it would greatly help those communities who are struggling to find a financial source for the vests.
Former LEO turned trauma Doc...

ZorryK! @ 1/25/2016 8:23 PM

Officer Matthew McKinney, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your partner Kobus. It is truly said that Kobus will never have a chance to enjoy his retirement with you. Being a K-9 handler of 21 years always feared this could happen to my partner, the greatest fear for a K-9 Handler. I know Kobus was with you through thick and thin. He was with you when no one else was, ready to protect under all circumstance. Hope L'Heureux rots in hell for what he did.

OK @ 1/26/2016 4:55 PM

Is it me or there a lot of these poor dogs getting killed lately?

Jon Retired LEO Wyoming @ 1/28/2016 7:34 PM

The body armor is a great idea but nothing you do can protect the head and these pieces of s*** don't care where they shoot as long as they kill. Maybe and this is just a maybe, they are sending in the dog too quickly on some situations.

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