BOISE, Idaho — A police dog who survived a shooting that wounded his handler and another Boise cop died suddenly after vets thought he would recover fully.
Jardo, a Belgian malinois, collapsed at his home a week after being shot in the chest by a gunman wanted in a separate shooting whio opened fire when cornered by police.
“After an amazing initial recovery, BPD was shocked to learn of Jardo’s passing, our Department is deeply saddened by his loss,” said Boise Police Chief William Bones. “Jardo served our community and though we were blessed with these few extra days to share with him, he ultimately gave his life in the protection of fellow officers.”
Jardo had been released two days after undergoing surgery and appeared to be doing well, vest said. But when he was rushed back to the hospital, doctors determined he was suffering from internal bleeding and went into cardiac arrest while on the operating table.
The dog was born in Europe and joined the Boise Police Department in 2013 when he was 2 years old. He was trained to track and apprehend dangerous criminals and find evidence of crimes and locate dangerous street drugs.
The suspect in the Nov. 11 shootings, Marco Romero, was killed in the exchange of gunfire with police. Cpl. Chris Davis, who was wounded, has since been released from the hospital. The second officer, whose name has not been released, remains in the hospital, cops said.