Unified Police K-9 “Aldo” has been shot and killed in the line of duty

Officers attempting to execute a warrant and search for a fugitive using a K-9 from the Unified Police Department encountered resistance from the subject resulting in the loss of the K-9.

MILLCREEK, Utah Shortly after 11:00 P.M. while searching a residence for a wanted subject K-9 “Aldo” was shot and killed according to Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder. 

The subject known as David Shane Anderson, 36, was wanted on a felony warrant for assaulting a Police Officer last week. The residence he was located at was around the vicinity of 4303 South and 730 East streets.

In a press conference Sheriff Winder stated: “They (Officers) attempted to enter the residence searching for the individual and as they did they were met with gunfire,” Sheriff Winder reported. “Several rounds were fired during the course of that exchange, and Unified Police Department K-9 Aldo has been killed.”

After the K-9 had been struck it was stated that an officer covered the K-9 with his own body to shield the animal from further gunfire. The K-9 was picked up during the course of gunfire as officers retreated to a place of safety to attempt to save the animal.

K-9 Aldo was able to leave the building on his own and walked out on all fours, however he did succumb to his injuries a short time later.

“Officer Lovato extracted Aldo to a different room and covered himself over Aldo to protect Aldo with his body armor. All officers backed out of the home after the gunfire.”

The suspect barricaded himself within the residence and members of a S.W.A.T. team set up a perimeter. For the next 5 hours the suspect Anderson refused to surrender.

At approximately 4:00 A.M. members of S.W.A.T. re-entered the residence to find the suspect hiding inside a closet injured. It was not known if his critical injuries had been self-inflicted or sustained during the exchange of gunfire with officers at this time.

According to reports Anderson was also wanted on a $25,000 warrant for failing to appear in 3rd District Court for an April 4 scheduling hearing on second-degree felony charges of possession of heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, as well as a $2,500 warrant for class A misdemeanor possession of heroin, according to Utah court records.

K-9 Aldo, 7, served with the Unified Police Department for the past 5 years as a Patrol and Narcotics detection K-9 with Officer Lovato his handler.

The following was posted on the Facebook page of the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of UPD K-9 Aldo. Aldo was shot and killed last night while protecting his handler and other detectives serving a search warrant. Aldo had been in service with UPD for over 5 years, all of them spent with his trainer, partner and best friend, Officer Luis Lovato. Our hearts are heavy, as we have lost one of our own. The bravery, service and sacrifice given by K-9 Aldo will never be forgotten.


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