Tributes left for San Diego K-9 killed in the line of duty


By Steve Liewer
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

SAN DIEGO — Several people left flowers yesterday for 6½-year-old Stryker, the department's most experienced police dog, at a memorial for Oceanside officers who have died in the line of duty.

“He was in the prime of his career,” said Officer Greg Rainwater, a former handler. “It's a real tragedy.”

Stryker, a Belgian Malinois, died on the job about 7:20 p.m. Monday. A drunken-driving suspect whom Stryker had knocked down on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge picked up the 75-pound dog and leapt over the concrete barricade into San Diego Bay.

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