Clayton County, GA – A teenager is accused of fatally shooting a K9 with the Clayton County Police Department. According to the authorities, 17-year-old Stephon Ford opened fire on the German shepherd, Waro, killing him on Saturday. The two-year-old dog was wearing a protective vest that had been gifted to him just over a week ago, reports 11 Alive News.
Ford fled the scene after shooting K9 Waro. The police tracked Ford to the woods behind some homes. In a release, the authorities describe what transpired:
Officers gave Ford commands to show his hands. An officer then shot Ford, hitting and killing him.
Ford had a handgun in his hand at the time he was shot. When the weapon was inspected, it appeared it had malfunctioned while being fired.
The agency is mourning the loss of K9 Waro:
The Clayton County Police Department Family is mourning the loss of one of our K-9’s – Waro. During his time of service with our Department, he has worked diligently to keep the citizens of this County and our officers safe. K-9 Waro is being recognized for his heroism and selflessness as he gave his life protecting others. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. Thank you for your service Waro, we have it from here. Rest well buddy, you’ve earned your wings. 🐾💙
End of Watch: September 2, 2023
The incident will be independently investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.