Memorial service for fallen police canine set for Friday afternoon

Rooster, the police canine killed in the line of duty Saturday, will be honored during a memorial service set for 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon in Wichita City Hall, 455 N. Main.

The 30-minute service will be held in the building’s city council chambers on the first floor. It’s open to the public and all first responders.

Rooster, who served with the Wichita Police Department for five years, died after he was shot in the shoulder and neck after his handler ordered him to stop a suspect from returning to a house in Lamplighter Mobile Home Park. Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Monday that his handler did not know the suspect was armed at the time.

Rooster is the first Wichita police canine killed in the line of duty.

“He was a hard working dog for his handler and the department. He did everything his handler asked of him. He will be missed,” police said in a news release.

 
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