Officers from around North Texas packed a memorial Wednesday to pay respect to a Wise County Sheriff’s Department K-9 killed on duty.
Deputy Pepper, a Dutch Shepherd, was shot by a suspect after a manhunt one week ago.
Officers, including K-9s and their handlers from across North Texas, filled Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise for the emotional service, NBC DFW reports.
"When released and given the command to engage, Pepper did exactly what he was trained to do, he ran in front of us as we held our positions and he looked danger and ultimately death directly in the eyes," said Pepper's partner Sgt. J.T. Manoushagian.
Pepper is credited with saving five officers.