10/31/2013

Ill. officer, K-9 partner killed in crash

Officer Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his K-9 Draco were parked in a median when their cruiser was struck by another vehicle

By PoliceOne Staff

PONTIAC, Ill. — A K-9 officer and his K-9 partner were killed in a crash Wednesday night after a vehicle slammed into the officer’s parked cruiser.

Officer Casey Kohlmeier, 29, and his K-9 Draco were sitting in the median along I-55 shortly after midnight when they were struck by another vehicle, police chief James Woolford told NBC Chicago.

"This is a hole we can't fill," Woolford said as he fought back tears.

Kohlmeier was an Air Force veteran who had been with the Pontiac police 6 years.

The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized but their condition is unknown, according to the report. 

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