Ore. K-9 killed by hit-and-run driver

Blek, 8, was a few weeks away from retirement when he was struck and killed

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Authorities in western Oregon say a police dog a few weeks away from retirement has been killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The Eugene Police Department in a news release Saturday says the 8-year-old German shepherd named Blek died Friday evening while off duty with officer Rob Griesel in rural Lane County.

Police Chief Pete Kerns says Blek had been a go-to dog for the department and had a warrior’s spirit.

Earlier this year the Oregon Peace Officers Association honored Blek at its K9 Valor Awards for his capture of a suspect following the shooting of a law enforcement officer.

Authorities declined to release details about the hit and run, and say they have been unable to find the driver.


K9 Blek Killed While Off Duty By Hit and Run Driver Eugene Police is sorry to report the death of K9 Blek, who was hit...

Posted by Eugene Police Department on Saturday, November 11, 2017


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