Memorials to Fallen K-9s
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In Loving Memory of
January 30, 2000 

Handler: Officer James Swanson
Leesville Police Department 
Police Dept. canine Killed in the line of duty Belgium Malinois, age 2 - Leesville Daily Leader
      Several people gathered to mourn the death of Leesville Police Department canine, Ismar, at a Wednesday memorial service. Chief of Police Bobby Hickman delivered the history of the K-9 to the audience. K-9 units from the Louisiana State Police, Alexandria and New Llano police departments, Rapides, Sabine, LaSalle and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Departments, Fort Polk Military Police, and officers from Rosepine, Anacoco and other departments joined the lineup at the burial site. Officers placed small white roses on the casket of their "fallen comrade" as the Swanson family looked on. Ismar was killed in the line of duty during at the standoff . 

Officers today will bury a police dog shot and killed this weekend during an operation to arrest a man whom police say held his daughter and her mother captive with a  handgun. Leesville police said they responded to an emergency call Sunday evening in this small western Louisiana town and found that 56-year-old Douglas Mayo was holding his 26-year-old daughter and his 73-year-old wife at gunpoint in a house  in western Leesville. Police said they persuaded Mayo to release his captives after about a  45-minute standoff, but authorities still could not convince him to surrender. When five officers and their K-9, 2-year-old Ismar, a male Belgian Malinois, stormed into the house, Mayo allegedly shot Ismar in the face, killing the police pooch before officers could arrest him. "He was an integral part of the department and will be greatly 
missed by fellow officers," Chief Bobby Hickman, who heads the 30-officer police force,  said in a written statement. Memorial service The officers and the women were not hurt.  Mayo was injured, but not seriously, police said. Police said the 3 p.m. memorial service today for Ismar at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course was to be followed by a burial ceremony. The department expected officers from throughout Louisiana to attend. The dog, which cost the department about $10,000, had been with the police department for about four months. He had been trained to detect drugs, search  buildings and catch suspects. Mayo, who is being held on $34,500 bond, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, injuring and killing a police animal, weapons  possession and aggravated assault on a police officer, police said. He was to be  transferred to the Vernon Parish Jail this morning and could not be reached for comment. Suspect had acted 'crazy' Lt. Dale Miller, a Leesville police executive officer, said a neighbor across  the street who is related to Mayo called 911 before 6:30 p.m. Sunday after apparently seeing or hearing some kind of turmoil at Mayo's house. The 26-year-old woman at the house later told police that her father, Douglas Mayo, had been walking around the house armed with a handgun, acting "crazy" toward her and her mother. Mayo allegedly did not allow the women -- whose names the police did not release -- to leave the house. Miller said he did not know  exactly why Mayo had gotten angry. "He has a history of violence and violent behavior. He had an extensive  criminal record," Miller said. "Some of it included battery on police officers,  things like that ... He has a criminal history that extends back to California." Police also said Mayo had several guns in the house, including one believed  to be similar to an AK-47. Allegedly taunted officers. The department said that officers who responded to the 911 alarm tried to  call Mayo, but he grew angrier with each phone call. The two could not be  reached for comment. Meanwhile, Mayo extended the standoff and stood in the doorway taunting the  officers "to come in and do business," police said. The chief said in his statement that the police tried cutting off the  electricity, hoping the lack of heat would drive out the gunman. A high-pressure  water hose from a fire truck failed to dislodge Mayo, as did pepper gas thrown  into the house. Officers storm house. Miller said a forced entry team including him, Ismar, his handler, Officer James Swanson, and three other officers stormed the house. "We all went into the room together. The dog was in the lead," Miller  recalled. The dog, used because he could search for Mayo by scent, found the alleged  gunman in the living room about 20 feet from the door, the executive officer  said. Police said Mayo shot the canine in the face with a shotgun. He then fired at the officers and missed. Four of the officers returned fire, hitting Mayo once.  Police would not say where. Mayo tried to flee, but finally surrendered. "At our second request for him to show his hands, he did so, after being hit," said Miller. "[Officers] pulled him down to the floor; he was handcuffed and brought outside." The department would not authorize interviews with other officers who had  been at the scene. "I certainly consider [Ismar] a great loss and it'll be hard to replace, [in]  more ways than one," Miller said.
Officer Swanson & Isar

Thanks Chaplain David Stewart & everyone who helped organize the out pouring of calls and correspondence for Officer Swanson.
Officer Swanson continues to serve faithfully in Law Enforcement in California