Police K-9 killed in armed standoff

Police K-9 killed in armed standoff with authorities in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Police K-9 killed in armed standoff with authorities in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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FITCHBURG, Mass. — Police K-9 killed in armed standoff with authorities in Fitchburg, Massachusetts
, home Tuesday afternoon.

Massachusetts State Police said during a press conference that K9 Frankie was shot while assisting officers during the standoff at 40 Oliver Street in Fitchburg.

The confrontation began shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, after investigators learned of an armed fugitive, later identified as Matthew Mack, who had holed up inside the building.

Police said Mack is wanted for previous firearms offenses.

Mason said they received information that the fugitive suspect, identified by police as Matthew Mack, 38, was inside a multifamily home at 40 Oliver Street in Fitchburg.

Police said Mack was wanted under arrest warrants, and charged him with the offenses of possession of firearms and their accessories after an incident stemming from the July 21 shooting in Fitchburg.

Just before five in the evening, it seemed that officers with high-powered weapons had entered the third floor of an apartment building. Sudden explosions and what appeared to be a smoke bomb could be seen and heard.

Video footage captured by a witness nearly appeared on a K-9 police stretcher taken from the scene.

Police announced Tuesday night that K-9 Frankie was killed in the shooting.

The Massachusetts State Police Association said on Facebook that K-9 Frankie and her handler were a decorated duo, receiving the Medal of Courage during the George L. Hannah Awards for Courage in 2017.

The organization took a moment to honor Frankie’s dedication to protecting others.

“As Frankie K-9 has done hundreds of times before, he has positioned himself among our members and a serious subject,” the association said. “However, this day resulted in his greatest sacrifice, something we will remember forever.”

State Police added that K9 Frankie would have been 11 weeks old.