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Fugitive, K9 officer killed in officer involved shooting

Feb 14, 2020, 7:43 AM | Updated: 12:49 pm

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Photos: KSL TV and Friends for Unified Police K9

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A parole fugitive and a K9 officer are dead after being shot and killed during an operation that involved the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team.

The shooting took place just before midnight on Thursday around the area of 400 East and 300 South.

Fugitive found

The strike team first found the fugitive, Brian Filion, coming out of an apartment, according to Brandon Holt, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Utah.

Officers gave chase after Filion fled and shortly afterward he was shot once he displayed a weapon.

A K9 officer, “Hondo,” was deployed and injured during the shooting, according to Holt.

Earlier today, “Friends for Unified Police K9” posted a brief statement on Facebook.


Later, Unified Police posted on Facebook that Hondo has sadly died.

Our thoughts are with Herriman PD and particularly with the K9 handler and his family, who lost their beloved partner and friend. All give some, some give all….

K9 officer, “Hondo" was shot and killed while apprehending a parole fugitive. Photo courtesy Friends for Unified Police K9. Posted Aug. 12, 2018 by Friends for Unified Police K9"Happy 6th (42 human years) birthday Hondo! 🎂🎉🎈🐶"(Credit Friends of Unified K9) Friends for Unified Police K9

One woman has been taken into custody. Cops have not identified the woman or released any information pertaining to her possible relationship with the suspect.

 

Officials say no other officers were injured.

An investigation will be conducted by the Salt Lake City Police Department’s officer-involved critical incident protocol team.

A troubling trend

This is the second officer involved shooting in Salt Lake City this week alone.

On Monday, police exchanged gunfire with a suspect involved in a domestic dispute. Cops say they found a woman deceased in an apartment. The suspect in that incident is in custody and is being treated for what police say appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

That incident took place just blocks away from today’s officer involved shooting.

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