Vancouver, Washington

September 2, 2015

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Vancouver Police Department

Vancouver, Washington


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From KGW NBC TV 8 kgw.com 09/02/15

KGW.com Staff 6:29 p.m. PDT September 2, 2015
VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Vancouver police K-9 named Ike died Wednesday morning after he was stabbed several times during a struggle with a wanted man Tuesday evening.

Police said the suspect, 25-year-old Jacky Chan Karuo, ran from police near Fruit Valley and Lafrombois roads at about 6 p.m.

Ike, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was stabbed multiple times in his chest, back and head when he caught up to Karuo, according to DoveLewis Animal Hospital spokeswoman Karen Vitt.

Ike was rushed to DoveLewis for surgery. He underwent several blood transfusions, including a transfusion of his own blood, Vitt said.

"Though critical, Ike initially seemed stable post operation, but due to the initial severity of his blood loss, and in spite of the multiple transfusions, his ability to clot his own blood was compromised," said Vitt in a news release from DoveLewis.

Ike's organs began to fail early Wednesday, and his partner, Officer Jack Anderson, made the decision to humanely euthanize him. He died at around 3 a.m.

Police said Ike and Officer Anderson worked together for several years.

"We offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Officer Anderson, his family, and the entire Vancouver Police Department," said DoveLewis CEO, Ron Morgan. "Ike was a very tough dog and both he and the DoveLewis medical team fought hard for his life last night."

Police used a Taser on Karuo and took him into custody. Karuo also suffered bite wounds. He faces charges including assault and harming a police dog. He appeared in Clark County Superior Court Wednesday morning and was held on $125,000 bail.
From KOIN CBS TV 6 koin.com 09/01/15:

Vancouver K-9 succumbs to stab wounds
Stabbing suspect identified as 25-year-old Jacky Chan Karuo

By Brent Weisberg and KOIN 6 News staff
Published: September 1, 2015, 6:08 pm Updated: September 3, 2015, 4:32 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A Vancouver police dog died hours after being stabbed multiple times by a domestic violence suspect who is now being held without bail.

K-9 Ike died following emergency surgery at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital after being stabbed around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Ike and his handler, Officer Jack Anderson, were checking on a suspect with a domestic violence warrant when the man, later identified by police as Jacky Chan Karuo, fled the scene in the area of NW Fruit Valley and Laframbois roads on a bike.

Karuo, 25, ran to a remote location where he was apprehended K-9 Ike, police said. Shortly after, police said he mortally wounded Ike.

On Wednesday morning, department spokesperson Kim Kapp said in a statement, “It is with much sadness that the Vancouver Police Department announces that K-9 Ike succumbed to his injuries.”

Karuo sustained minor injuries from a dog bite and Taser.

He was charged on Wednesday morning with harming a police dog and criminal impersonation. At the time of his arrest, he was on a supervised release hold on an unrelated case.
Karuo has numerous other convictions, including driving without a license, DUI, obstructing law enforcement and a pending stolen car case.

James Smith, the deputy prosecutor for Clark County, said he is looking into what charges Karuo will face now that Ike died. He said he is not aware of a specific charge for killing a police dog.

“Obviously, the evidence at this point would suggest that he chose to violently stab a police dog and I think that gives us concerns in other situations,” Smith said.

The judge set his bail at $125,000 for the stabbing, but he is being held without bail on the stolen vehicle charge.

K-9 Ike was a 6-year-old Belgian Malinios and had been working with Vancouver Police Officer Anderson since 2012. Anderson has been an officer since 2002. He has been in the K-9 unit since 2005.

“Any time a law enforcement officer is hurt or killed in the line of duty including K9 (dogs) it hurts,” said Clark County Undersheriff Mike Cooke. “We become as dependent on our K9 partners as we do our human partners. They have the same devotion to duty that our human colleagues do.”

Cooke said this incident won’t stop police and police dogs from doing their jobs.

“We’re still going to be out there on the front line every day doing what we need to do to keep these communities safe and we’re not going to let somebody like Mr. Karuo stop us from doing that,” he said.

Vancouver residents Tobey Dittrich and Bridget Smolen went to court to show their support for the K9 unit.

“Those animals never say no and always protect the public,” Dittrich said. Smolen added, “My heart grieves for the officer.”
Officials at Dove Lewis said Ike had several knife wounds to his body. He suffered cardiac arrest and needed multiple blood transfusions. Because Dove Lewis partners with many law enforcement agencies, doctors had Ike’s blood type on file. This saved time, but in the end, Ike’s injuries were too severe and the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard is soliciting donations to replace Ike. If you would like to help, you can make out a check to the City of Vancouver — Ike Fund. It can be mailed to Metro Productions — Ike, 3644 S Street, Washougal, Washington, 98671.
From The Seattle Times seattletimes.com 09/30/15:

Slain police dog remembered by hundreds in Vancouver
Originally published September 30, 2015 at 7:10 am Updated September 30, 2015 at 6:08 pm

By The Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Hundreds of community members and officers, both on two legs and four came to a public memorial service for a Vancouver police dog that was stabbed in the line of duty.

The overwhelming opinion Tuesday evening was that 6-year-old Vancouver Police K-9 Ike was a very good boy.

Ike was trained in patrol and drug detection and had 450 deployments and more than 60 captures throughout his career. His handler Officer Jack Anderson says Ike was a consistent partner and friend.

The department gave Anderson its Purple Heart award on Ike’s behalf, and the Washington State Police Canine Association presented Anderson with its Medal of Valor for Ike.

Ike was stabbed while capturing Jackie Chan Karuo on Sept. 1. Karuo has been charged with a number of crimes, including harming a police dog.
From The Columbian columbian.com 09/02/15:

Vancouver police K-9 dies after stabbing
Suspect appears in court on harming a police dog allegation
By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter By , Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter By and Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter
Published: September 2, 2015, 6:42 AM

The Vancouver police dog stabbed multiple times Tuesday night died early Wednesday morning at a Portland animal hospital.

The police dog, Ike, was helping apprehend suspect Jacky Chan Karuo at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Fruit Valley and Laframbois roads when Karuo allegedly stabbed the dog, according to police. Ike was taken to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland for treatment of stab wounds to his chest, back and head.

After surgery, Ike went into cardiac arrest and then into systemic organ failure, according to the animal hospital. Ike’s handler, Officer Jack Anderson, “made the difficult decision to end treatment and humanely euthanize him,” ending the dog’s life at 3 a.m. Wednesday, the hospital said in a press release.

“Ike was a very tough dog and both he and the DoveLewis medical team fought hard for his life last night,” DoveLewis CEO Ron Morgan said Wednesday in a media release. “Ike gave his life protecting the citizens of Vancouver and he will be deeply missed.”

Suspect in court

On Wednesday morning, Karuo made a first appearance in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree criminal impersonation and harming a police dog.

Police encountered Karuo, who had outstanding warrants, Tuesday evening after receiving a call about a suspicious person. Just before his arrest, he sustained dog bites and was shocked with a stun gun.

Harming a police dog is a class C felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The court also may impose a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for killing a police dog.

Karuo, accompanied by a Trukese interpreter, said little during his hearing and kept his head bowed.

Karuo also is accused of violating his supervised release conditions in a pending stolen vehicle case, Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said. It’s possible the allegations against Karuo could change once the prosecuting attorney’s office files formal charges, Smith said.

Judge Derek Vanderwood appointed Vancouver attorney Gregg Schile, who was not present at the hearing, to represent Karuo. Schile also is defending him in the other matter.

Smith requested that Karuo’s bail be set at $200,000 and that bail in his pending case be revoked.

“(He) poses a serious risk to law enforcement and the community in general,” Smith said.

Vanderwood set bail at $125,000.

Support for Ike

Several officers with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, including Undersheriff Mike Cooke, showed their support for law enforcement by attending Karuo’s hearing.

“I and my other brother and sister law enforcement officers were in the courtroom today to show support for Officer Anderson and his family, who’s obviously going through a very tough time right now. Any time a law enforcement officer is hurt or killed in the line of duty, including K-9 officers, it hurts,” Cooke told media after the hearing. “So it’s important for us as law enforcement family to show support to our grieving colleagues and their families.”

Cooke said law enforcement officers are as dependent on their K-9 partners as their human partners.

“Each and every one of these types of incidents hurts us to the core,” he said. “But, it’s important for people to know it’s not going to deter us from doing our job. We are still going to be out there on the front line every day doing what we need to do to keep these communities safe, and we’re not going to let somebody like Mr. Karuo stop us from doing that.”

Toby Dittrich and Bridget Smolen of Vancouver attended the hearing “to support the (Vancouver Police Department’s) K-9 unit and brave officers who lead these dogs. And, to express disgust over this senseless act,” Dittrich said. “K-9 officers never say no and always serve without fear. …Hopefully, the officer will heal and get a new K-9 officer.”

Ike was a Belgian Malinois who went into service in 2012. Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said he started work when he was about 3 years old, after 400 hours of training to certify him as a search and drug-sniffing dog.

Kapp said Anderson plans on having a private memorial ceremony with his family. The department intends to hold a memorial service as well, though the date hasn’t been set.

‘Losing a friend’

Police dogs live with their handlers through their careers and into retirement, and the bond between handler and dog is more profound than with a typical pet dog, Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ellithorpe said.

“I leave my home pet at home when I go to work, whereas this dog stays with me the entire time,” Ellithorpe said of his K-9 partner.

Ellithorpe has been in the sheriff’s office K-9 unit for 14 years — seven with his current partner, Saver — and is the office’s lead dog trainer. Handlers and dogs learn to communicate and read each other through their body language, he said, and they spend the majority of the day together.

“We spend more time with our dogs than we do with our family,” he said. “It’s almost as if it was a human partner, but this one agrees with you all the time.”

The county’s entire police dog community is feeling Ike’s loss, Ellithorpe said.

“It’s just so emotional for everyone involved, because you’re losing a friend, one you get to play with every week,” he said. “It’s a huge loss for us, because we’ve become a team, all of us.”

Other K-9 deaths

This isn’t the first time a police dog has died in the line of duty in Clark County. In 2011, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office lost police dog Kane after a suspect stabbed the dog. Sheriff’s office K-9 Dakota was shot and killed in 2007 while tracking an armed suspect who allegedly threatened to “kill a cop.”

Anderson’s previous K-9 partner, Farley, was stabbed in the chest while trying to subdue a man in 2006. Farley survived his injuries and remained on the force until he died in 2011.

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