Florida mall honoring police K-9 who died in line of duty
WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mall has created a memorial for a police K-9 killed there in the line of duty during a Christmas Eve shooting.
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says Cigo did his job and “saved those deputies lives” on Monday afternoon at the Wellington Green Mall. Deputies acting on a tip were pursuing two suspects wanted for attempted first-degree murder and tracked them to the mall.
As deputies confronted the men outside the mall, 28-year-old suspect Giovany Alvarez ran and Cigo chased him. Alvarez fired multiple times, striking the dog. Deputies returned fire, wounding Alvarez.
Now the mall has created a memorial for Cigo in the parking lot. Marketing Manager Rachelle Crain tells the Palm Beach Post visitors can leave mementos.
The sheriff’s office is also planning a memorial service.