Mesquite, TX. – Mesquite Police say a 16-year-old is being charged in connection of the death of K9 Officer Kozmo.
Authorities say K9 Kozmo was assisting Balch Springs Police search for a felony suspect when he was killed early Monday morning.
Kozmo was off-leash and tracking suspects. Officers located the suspects, but could not find Kozmo. Police say they found the dog dead after an extensive search. A Necropsy confirmed Kozmo died after sustaining “trauma consistent with an assault.”
Police then charged a 16-year-old male with interference with a police animal causing death, a second-degree felony.
Rest in Peace K-9 Kozmo. End of Watch 04/26/21 pic.twitter.com/VhrvDXAIfd
— Mesquite Police Department – Texas (@MesquitePD_TX) April 26, 2021
We are saddened by the loss of @MesquitePD_TX’s fallen K9 Officer Kozmo who died in the line of duty. We stand with area agencies today in honoring his service to the Mesquite community. Thank you for all you did, Kozmo. End Of Watch: 04/26/21 pic.twitter.com/yRA17Ohnb7
— Grand Prairie Police (@GrandPrairiePD) April 30, 2021