Omaha police dog killed on duty is laid to rest 

Kobus, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois Omaha police K-9, was laid to rest Thursday at a memorial service held at Christ Community Church.
Around 1,000 people gathered for the ceremony.
Kobus was killed during a standoff over the weekend. Police said the dog had served with the department’s K-9 unit since 2008 and was scheduled to retire in March.   

“Omaha stands out as a compassionate community and it is with gratitude and community pride that we remember Kobus,” Mayor Jean Stothert said. “I share your sadness today. I join so many to share my sympathies for Kobus, the family that loves him and the officers who trained him.”
The dog’s shooting was reported in the final hours of a 25-hour standoff between Mark L’Heureux, 59, and police. He surrendered to law enforcement shortly before 7 p.m., after walking out of a house near 83rd and Keystone Drive. The incident began when officials tried to serve a warrant late Friday, ordering L’Heureux to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Omaha police Chief Todd Schmaderer said L’Heureux laid down motionless for 45 minutes and remained motionless after police set off an explosion to see if he would flinch. The decision was made to send in Kobus, who was subsequently shot.
“Kobus not only died to protect law enforcement, but he died to save all lives, and that includes the suspect,” Schmaderer said. “Mayor Stothert, thanks for supporting OPD. I told her about Kobus and she was devastated. She had one request: To hold the ceremony before Friday so she could attend, because she’s leaving town tomorrow. That’s how bad she wanted to be with us today.”

( Omaha police K-9 laid to rest Thursday )

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