Johns Island, South Carolina – Members of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are mourning the loss of a valued member of the force, who died in a murder suspect manhunt on Thursday afternoon. The suspect, Ernest Robert Burbage III, fatally shot K9 Rico after the dog was sent into a home where Burbage was hiding. A robot had previously swept the house, but was unable to access all areas.
Rico was shot almost immediately after entering the residence. Burbage fled the house through a window and was fatally shot by law enforcement after the man brandished a weapon at officers.
Thursday’s deadly shoot out culminated a search that began on Wednesday when Burbage randomly opened fire on a car, and later shot at members of a SWAT team, shooting one officer in the head.
The three-year-old K9 had only been with the department for a year. Those who knew him say that he is a hero who “saved countless lives.”
Rest easy Rico.
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