The Campbell River community continues to mourn the loss of a local police service dog killed in the line of duty.
An emergency vehicle procession for Gator along Dogwood Street from the RCMP detachment to the Firehall at 13th Avenue is set for today (Sunday). It starts at 3:00 pm. Locals are being invited to pay their respects by lining the streets.
An officer-involved shooting outside the Tim Hortons in Willow Point on Thursday (July 8th) left one man and service dog Gator dead, and an RCMP officer injured. A man with an outstanding warrant fled a traffic stop, sparking the incident. He was later found near the restaurant on Highway 19A.
Police say the 7-year-old service dog was stabbed, succumbing to his injuries. The officer also suffered from a knife wound. At this time, the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) is investigating.
Since Gator’s passing, the community has come together. A makeshift memorial out front of the RCMP detachment on Dogwood Street continues to grow.