“The South Fulton Police Department is working closely with the College Park Police Department to thoroughly investigate this heartbreaking incident,” the police statement said. “We are committed to understanding the full circumstances of this tragedy and ensuring such an incident does not occur again.”
Police did not say if they would request an independent investigation by the GBI, as is the typical procedure for law enforcement-related shootings.
South Fulton police are already planning a memorial service for Max which they say will be open to the public.
It has been a particularly deadly year for Georgia’s working dogs in law enforcement; Max is at least the sixth K-9 to die in the line of duty in 2023. Four fallen K-9 officers are listed on the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), while the death of a fifth, Clayton County K-9 Wade, was reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No more than three K-9 officers were killed in any of the previous 10 years, as listed by the ODMP.
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