HPD K9 officer put down after being injured during chase in NE Houston


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its K9 officers. Officer Rony was injured overnight while going after a suspect. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told ABC13 it all started when officers tried to pull over a stolen car around 1 a.m.
That led to a chase where police say the suspect threw what police think was a gun or drugs out of the window. We’re also told that the suspect rammed an officer’s car during the chase, which ended in the 12700 block of River Trail in northeast Houston. Rony spotted the suspect and went after him in a heavily wooded area.
Acevedo said that’s when Rony seriously injured his leg after he got stuck on a log or some other type of wooden object. The police chief also said Rony has had multiple injuries over the years and this one was too significant, causing them to put the dog down.
The chase suspect was taken into custody. Rony was a Belgian Malinois.
He had been with the Houston Police Department seven years and made 250 captures. His handler said Rony went out the way he would have wanted to — capturing a suspect in the line of duty.

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