UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been made for an Oklahoma City police dog, who died in the line of duty on Monday.
The funeral for Kye will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 28 at First Southern Baptist Church, located at 6400 S. Sooner Rd.
The services will be conducted with full police honors and it will be open to the public.
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City police dog is killed in the line of duty following a high speed chase.
Police say one of their officers also shot and killed an armed suspect trying to escape arrest.
Police chased the suspect, who has been identified as 22-year-old Mark Salazar, for 30 minutes before the shooting.
The pursuit sped through Moore, Norman and ended along I-35 near Goldsby.
After crashing his car, officers say Salazar tried to run on foot.
Police say he then repeatedly stabbed a police dog trying to catch him.
“The canine officer made his way to the suspect’s location to pull the canine off the suspect and noticed the suspect armed with a knife and had been actively stabbing the canine,” said Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson.
That’s when the dog’s partner opened fire and killed the suspect on the spot.
Contrary to popular belief, the police dog is not legally considered an officer.
“The canine, from the officer’s standpoint, is considered an officer, but from a legal standpoint he’s not. He’s a tool or a weapon used by the officer,” said Nelson.
The chase began inside a BNSF property when a cleaning crew saw a man breaking into a car and called police.
Investigators are still looking into whether the officer was justified using deadly force.
“We know the officer was in close proximity to the suspect when the suspect was stabbing the dog, which places the officer in great danger of the suspect,” said Nelson.
Police also say the same suspect may have been involved in a different chase that started in Bricktown on Sunday.
A man matching the suspect’s description skipped out on a bill and fled from the Bass Pro parking lot.
Police called off that pursuit without making an arrest.
The officer who pulled the trigger is is on leave while the shooting is investigated. Authorities say the officer has 13 years experience with the force.