FBI Dog Killed: How Did 'Ape' Die In Upstate New York?

By Jason Van Hoven on March 15, 2013 12:42 PM EDT

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The FBI dog killed will be honored with a memorial service at the agency's headquarters in Quantico, Va. where his name, 'Ape,' will be inscribed on a memorial wall for dogs killed in the line of duty. (Photo: Wikipedia / Creative Commons)

An FBI dog killed at an abandoned bar by gunman Kurt Myers, who murdered four people in Herkimer, N.Y., on Thursday, will be honored with a memorial service at the agency's headquarters in Quantico, Va. where his name will be inscribed on a memorial wall for dogs killed in the line of duty, according to reports.

The FBI announced on Thursday that Ape, the FBI dog killed, was the first to enter the abandoned bar called Glory Days in downtown Herkimer where Myers was holed up and armed. Officers equipped the two-year-old Czech German Shepherd with a camera to give officers a clearer picture of Myers' hideout, but a bullet soon struck him in the chest as he entered through the door.

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"Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team," said Special Agent Ann Todd in a statement. "His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed."

FBI tactical teams and state police that were trailing the FBI dog killed shot back, killing Myers. Someone from within that squad then proceeded to give Ape CPR as an armored car rushed him to Herkimer Veterinary Associates, where he died shortly after he arrived.

"We were trying to do everything we could to try to save its life," Dr. Emily M. Green told The New York Times.

Ape joined the FBI on Feb. 25 after completing a four-month training course and had only been on active duty for a little over two weeks, according to the New York Times.  The Associated Press reported this was his second mission.

Ape was the second FBI dog killed in the line of duty, Todd said. On Oct. 28, 2009, Freddy, a Belgian Malinois over two years old was also killed while accompanying FBI agents who were attempting to make an arrest. He had begun duty with the agency in September 2008.

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