Tucson Police Mourn Loss of Beloved K9

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Tucson Police Mourn Loss of Beloved K9

The Tucson Police Department has announced the passing of one of their beloved K9 team members.

Rigz was a five-year veteran of the Tucson Police force, who became a member in September 2012 and served actively until he retired in October 2017. He sadly died after an illness.

Rigz worked alongside his handler, Officer Jason Bentley, on the TPD S.W.A.T Team. He was involved in many high risk operations, and he even had some high profile arrests during his career. Rigz was part of the capture and successful prosecution of a home invasion homicide suspect in November 2015. Rigz and officer Bentley responded to the scene, where a suspect had forcefully entered an apartment near Broadway and Campbell and demanded money from an elderly couple. When they were unable to provide the suspect with any money, he assaulted them with a blunt instrument, prompting a manhunt led by the Rigz and Officer Bentley team. After an intense search, Rigz alerted officers to the front of a home, indicating the suspect was hiding near by. Although the suspect was located, he refused to surrender, so Rigz went in to get him out.

According to a press release from the Tucson Police Department, the suspect was recently convicted and is serving more than 35 years in prison. Police credit this success to Rigz and his extensive search of the neighborhood. They also describe Rigz as a social and energetic dog who loved his handler and family. He enjoyed playing hide and seek with random household objects- typical dog for you!- and hanging out with his family before falling ill.

The entire Tucson Police Department, including the K9 unit and S.W.A.T. Team have expressed their gratitude and sincere thanks to Rigz for his years of relentless, unwavering dedication to community service. For more information, please visit the official website of the Tucson Police Department.

Photo: Tucson Police Department 

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