A police dog was killed while trying to tackle a suspected murderer outside a shopping centre on Christmas Eve.
K9 Cigo was in the middle of taking down suspected Latin Kings gang member The Mall in Wellington Green, Florida, when he was shot.
The three-year-old German Shepherd was rushed to the vets but died from his injuries, WPTV reported.
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office confirmed his death on Twitter, writing: ‘Our hearts are truly broken after a suspect shot and killed our K9 Dog tonight, on Christmas Eve.
‘He did his job, giving his life to save and protect our own.’
According to footage on Twitter, Cigo’s body was given a police escort from the vets.
The officers also shared another video of the dog’s handler being comforted by colleagues after the shooting.Trump hints that Santa isn't real during Christmas phone call to little boy
Alongside it, they wrote: ‘The pain felt by #K9Cigo’s handler/partner is strong. Our prayers are with him tonight.’
Police were at the shopping centre following a tip off that two suspects wanted in a prior shooting were there.
Officers were planning to arrest them in the carpark but gunfire broke out and one of the suspects shot K9 Cigo.
The suspect also suffered a gunshot wound, while the other was taken to jail and one remains on the run, police said.