MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Mesquite Police Department is mourning the loss of veteran K-9 Kozmo, who was found dead in the same woods he was last seen chasing multiple aggravated robbery suspects into.

Rest In Peace: K-9 Kozmo (credit: Mesquite Police Dept.)

“It’s tough. It’s cliché, but it’s so true, these dogs are not just dogs there are a part of our police family,” said Mesquite Police Lieutenant, Stephen Biggs. “Kozmo has been with us for the last four years he was an amazing dog and he gave his life doing what he was trained to do.”

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A 2:30 a.m. on April 26, the Mesquite Police Department was dispatched to assist the Balch Springs Police Department in the pursuit of the suspects. During the pursuit, spike strips were deployed and disabled the suspect car near Bruton Rd and IH 635.

But the suspects fled on foot into a wooded area adjacent to the highway. During the foot pursuit, Kozmo was used to track the suspects. They were eventually found and taken into custody, but officers didn’t find Kozmo’s body until a couple hours later.

Police said a necropsy and other testing is scheduled to determine the manner of death.

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A memorial service will be held for Kozmo.



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