ElkoPosted: June 19, 2011
Elko was a drug dog that had assisted in finding 125 pounds of pot and more than a thousand grams of cocaine. Elko escaped from the kennel he was being kept in during a bad storm, it then went and attacked Gora Watts, a 70-year-old woman, in her own garage. Her husband attempted to defend her with a tree-trimming pole before an animal control officer appeared on the scene and shot him. At the time, no one knew he was a police dog.
Regarding his actions, the animal control officer was shaken:
It really bothered me. I couldn’t sleep Thursday night. It’s just something that had to be done.
While not directly killed by a police officer, certainly the dog’s violent training was the cause of its demise.