FBI Dog Killed in Shootout Was a Two-Week Rookie

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HERKIMER, NY - MARCH 13: Tactical police officers return to their vehicles on North Main Street, equipment in hand, after waiting at the scene of a standoff with a murder suspect on March 13, 2013 in Herkimer, New York. Police have identified 64-year-old Kurt Meyers as a possible suspect responsible for a total of four shooting deaths and two injuries across the area earlier in the day. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The police shootout that killed gunman Kurt Myers after his standoff in an abandoned bar in Herkimer, NY, also cut short the career of a young FBI dog who was only in his second week on the job. The 2.5-year-old Czech German shepherd, Ape, carried a camera into the room ahead of the team that stormed Myers's hideout. But when Ape reached the doorway, Myers shot him. According to the New York Times report, that shot started the exchange that brought Myers down: "Officers returned fire, killing the gunman, Kurt Myers, and then turned to try to save Ape. They performed CPR on the dog as he was rushed in an armored vehicle to a nearby veterinary office." It was Ape's second mission, according to the Associated Press, and he was the second tactical FBI dog killed in the line of duty.