Mesquite, TX – Mesquite Police Department (MPD) K9 Kozmo died in the line of duty while tracking two armed robbery suspects early Monday morning.
The incident began at approximately 2:30 a.m. as MPD officers were assisting the Balch Springs Police Department (BSPD) during a pursuit of the two suspects, KDFW reported.
Police were able to disable the suspects’ vehicle using spike strips, at which point the suspects fled on foot near Interstate 635 and Bruton Road.
K9 Kozmo was subsequently deployed to help track down and apprehend the armed robbery suspects, KDFW reported.
Police ultimately located both suspects and took them into custody, but K9 Kozmo was nowhere to be found.
His body was eventually located after an extensive search, KDFW reported.
K9 Kozmo’s exact cause of death is unclear.
A necropsy and various other tests will be performed to pinpoint what led to his death, KDFW reported.
“Our K9s are members of the MPD family,” the department said in a press release. “Kozmo was an amazing and loyal dog who gave his life in the performance of his duties. We ask everyone to keep all of our officers in their thoughts and prayers as we deal with this loss.”
K9 Kozmo served the MPD for four years, MPD Sergeant Stephen Biggs told KTVT.
“He gave his life doing what he was trained to do,” Sgt. Biggs said.
The MPD said a memorial service will be held to honor K9 Kozmo’s life and service, KDFW reported.
— FOX4Terry (@FOX4Terry) April 26, 2021
Early this morning in 2 unrelated critical incidents in Mesquite.
1) TMPA attorney John Snider responded to an OIS, thankfully all law enforcement is safe.
— TMPA (@TMPALegislative) April 26, 2021
A Mesquite PD K9 was killed in the search for suspects in a robbery in Balch Springs this morning. Details at 12:03 on @KRLD. From Mesquite PD: "Kozmo was an amazing and loyal dog who gave his life in the performance of his duties." pic.twitter.com/xOW6eZXV5X
— Alan Scaia (@scaia) April 26, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mesquite Police Department in the loss of K9 Kozmo.