02/26/2008

La. K-9 officer dies in car crash

Officer Down: Police Officer Mark Beck

The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE — State police say a Baton Rouge police officer was killed in a crash.

Troopers say K-9 Officer Mark Beck of Zachary ran into the back of an 18-wheeler that was stopped at a railroad crossing near the ExxonMobile Plant late Monday night. Police say they’re not sure why Beck hit the rear of the truck, saying the truck had its hazard lights on.

Beck was pronounced dead at Earl K. Long Hospital a short time later. Officer Beck’s police dog was also in the vehicle but survived the crash.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not hurt.

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