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Officers grieve over police dog killed in standoff

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Police in southern California gave an emotional salute Tuesday to a K-9 killed during a deadly SWAT standoff in Long Beach.

According to our NBC affiliate station in California KNBC news, K-9 Credo and the suspect, who was armed with a knife, were both fatally shot. 

It happened in a standoff in the 2800 block of East 15th Street between a SWAT team and a man wanted in a shooting case involving multiple victims. 

This investigation began around 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 28. 

Long Beach Police Department said the man aggressively charged at police, who deployed intermediate force options, including a 40mm rubber baton round and a police service dog that was part of a special weapons team. 

The service dog, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Credo, tried to stop the man's advance towards officers, police said. 

Credo fought with the man as the man produced a knife, and one officer fired his weapon to protect himself and the other officers. Both the suspect and the dog were struck by the officer's bullet. 

The suspect was then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

No other injuries were reported. 

After the incident, aeiral images showed a clearly distraught officer laying the dog's limp body on a sidewalk and throwing his helmet to the ground. The officer then picked the dog up again and placed him in the back of the police cruiser.

Credo was rushed to a veterinary clinic, where he died of his injures. 

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