Four-legged hero attends DeKalb officer’s funeral

December 18, 2018 Dunwoody - K9 Officer Indi, who was shot, is brought to the casket of officer Edgar Isidro Flores during his funeral service at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Flores was shot and killed in DeKalb County in the line of duty last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
December 18, 2018 Dunwoody - K9 Officer Indi, who was shot, is brought to the casket of officer Edgar Isidro Flores during his funeral service at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Flores was shot and killed in DeKalb County in the line of duty last week. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

A bullet to the face cost the K9 cop his right eye, but his gait remained resolute as he fulfilled a solemn obligation.

In a crowd that included Georgia's next governor, a U.S. congressman and hundreds of law enforcement officers, the four-legged hero stood out, led by his handler to the casket of slain officer Edgar Flores to pay his final respects. 

Indi, a DeKalb County police dog, was released from the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital after being shot Friday.
Indi, a DeKalb County police dog, was released from the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital after being shot Friday.

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department/GBI

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department/GBI

Indi, 7, and Flores will forever be connected because of what happened last Thursday in south DeKalb County.  Brandon Taylor, 33, shot and killed Flores after a traffic stop, according to the GBI. The suspect fled on foot, hiding in a pile of tires about one block away.

He didn’t stay hidden for long. Indi immediately tracked him down. Taylor shot at the dog, alerting three DeKalb SWAT officers to his whereabouts. They returned fire, killing Taylor.

Indi is expected to make a full recovery, said DeKalb Police Chief James Conroy, though his future as a K9 cop is uncertain. He’s been with the force for five years, once helping catch a suspect in a brutal home invasion.

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