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Officer Down: K9 Eli, Dies of Heat Exhaustion Tracking a Suspect

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K9 Eli

Gwinnett County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, May 23, 2019

K9 Eli, a 9-year-old male Belgian Malinois died after suffering heat exhaustion while tracking a fleeing suspect in the area of North Crestview Drive SW and Grayson Parkway at approximately 3:00 pm

Gwinnett County officers were assisting Snellville officers with a vehicle pursuit. K9 Eli was deployed to track the suspect when the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. K9 Eli was rushed to a local emergency veterinarian when he started to show signs of distress 30 minutes into the track. His condition deteriorated at the vet and he passed away.

K9 Eli had served with the Gwinnett County Police Department for eight years.



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published | May 26, 2019