K-9 Max of the St. Joseph (MO) Police Department was killed Wednesday night during arrest of a domestic abuse suspect. (Photo: St. Joseph PD) -

K-9 Max of the St. Joseph (MO) Police Department was killed Wednesday night during arrest of a domestic abuse suspect. (Photo: St. Joseph PD)

St. Joseph (MO) Police Department K-9 Max was killed in the line of duty Wednesday night when he was brought in to help officers responding to a domestic abuse call in south St. Joseph.

Police said officers with the Special Response Team were called out to the home around 10:30 p.m. to execute a search warrant on domestic abuse. When officers attempted to breach the back door, the suspect ran out another door of the house and shot and killed Max during his escape, police told KQ2

Max was a 2-year member of the force and served on the Special Reponse Team, assisting in calls to help apprehend dangerous felons. He was partnered with Officer Lucas Winder.

A suspect is in custody.

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