Memorial for killed police dog planned for Gillette Stadium

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) – A memorial service for a police dog killed during an investigation that also resulted in gunshot wounds to two officers is scheduled at Gillette Stadium this week.

Braintree chief Mark Dubois said service for Kitt, a Belgian Malinois, will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and attendance will be limited to uniformed public security personnel and guests.

Kitt was shot and killed on June 4 while pursuing a domestic violence suspect. Police said the dog distracted the armed suspect from his handler, Constable William Cushing Jr., and two other officers.

“As the suspect fired his gun several times, K-9 Kitt heroically advanced towards the suspect, causing him to distract his attention from the officers,” Dubois said in a statement. “During this firefight, K-9 Kitt, Officer Cushing and Officer Matthew Donoghue each sustained multiple gunshot wounds. K-9 Kitt succumbed to his wounds, valiantly bringing the lives of his fellow officers .

The suspect was killed in the clash.

Cushing and Donoghue are released from the hospital and are recovering at home. The third officer was not injured.

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