Hundreds gather to mourn slain police dog in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of community members and officers, both on two legs and four came to a public memorial service for a Vancouver police dog that was stabbed in the line of duty.

The overwhelming opinion was that 6-year-old Vancouver Police K9 Ike was a very good boy.

Ike was trained in patrol and drug detection and had 450 deployments and more than 60 captures throughout his career. His handler Officer Jack Anderson says Ike was a consistent partner and friend.

The department gave Anderson its Purple Heart award on Ike's behalf, and the Washington State Police Canine Association presented Anderson with its Medal of Valor for Ike.

Ike was stabbed while capturing Jackie Chan Karuo on Sept. 1. Karuo has been charged with a number of crimes, including harming a police dog.