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K9 Krijger – Norfolk, Virginia

Died 1/11/16
Handler – Officer Jake Clark

Police dog shot and killed during overnight officer-involved shooting

Norfolk police say one of their police dogs was shot during an officer-involved shooting and died overnight. Officers say this all started Sunday night on Land Street, just off Virginia Beach Boulevard between Poplar Hall and Newtown Roads. Police say shortly before 6 p.m., officers were called to the neighborhood after receiving reports that a man trapped his wife inside their home while the two were in a domestic dispute. According to investigators, the woman managed to escape the home. Negotiators were called to the scene after the man barricaded himself inside the house. Police closed several neighborhood streets during the stand-off. The suspect came out of the house after seven hours of unsuccessful negotiations, and started shooting. Officers say that’s when a police K-9 was hit by gunfire. Officers returned fire and shot the armed suspect. Paramedics rushed the suspect to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries. The K-9 was taken to an area veterinarian — where it was later pronounced dead. Portsmouth Police tweeted around 7:15 a.m. that the name of the dog is K-9 Krijger.

Submitted By Jim Cortina

James A. Cortina has been involved with police dogs since 1972 and currently on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Jim has been appointed as Treasurer since its inception in 1991. Jim is one of the charter members of the C.P.W.D.A. organization. Since 1975 he has been a certified professional dog trainer and received his Master Trainer Certification in 1985. During his career he has provided armed K-9 strike crowd control for security agencies in Connecticut and out of state security companies. In conjunction with other members of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Board of Directors, he helped to draft Connecticut Statute 53-247(e) "Intentional Injury or Killing of Police K-9" which was passed by the Senate in 1993 and also assisted in implementing the prestigious Daniel Wasson Memorial K-9 Award in 1992. In 1993 he helped coordinate the North American Police Work Dog Association Nationals in New London, Connecticut. He was appointed Training Director for the New London County Work Dog Association from 1985-1987. He performed decoy work for Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. in police K-9 demonstrations, trained several local police department canines, and coordinated training workshops for out-of-state police departments. He participated in the United States Police K-9 Association Trials in Croton on Hudson, New York in 1985 as a decoy. He is an avid photographer and received photography awards in 1989, 1990, and 1991 and currently takes photographs for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc.