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K-9 killed while protecting officer buried in custom casket

Posted at 7:54 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 08:55:27-05

HERRIMAN, UT — A Utah police dog killed in action is being buried in a custom coffin.

Hondo was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois who served with Herriman city's police department.

He helped with more than 100 felony arrests.

But, on Feb. 13, he suffered a fatal gunshot wound while helping apprehend a suspect in Salt Lake City.

To honor him, the department asked Rawtin garage to paint this casket.

It features an image of Hondo and symbols of his service.

Herriman Police Chief Troy Carr says Hondo died, so his handler could live.

A public service for Hondo will take place Feb. 29.