BTBuzz: Long Beach K9 killed in the line of duty


The Long Beach Police Department is mourning the loss of one its K9s that was shot Tuesday in a standoff with a suspect.

Police at about 9 a.m. were investigating reports of a man wanted in an assault with a deadly weapons case in the 2800 block of E. 15th street.

The man barricaded himself in a home, and about two hours later came out and opened fire on officers, police said.

Credo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois that had worked with LBPD for two years, was shot in the exchange. He was taken to the Signal Hill Animal Hospital where he died from his injuries.

LBPD said Credo and his handler, Officer Mike Parcells, worked narcotics and patrol. The K9 had been involved in more than 30 apprehensions during his years of service, according to a tweet from LBPD.

The suspect also was shot and killed in the exchange, and no other officers were injured.

Members of the Long Beach PD lined the streets outside the animal hospital for a procession. Credo, which means “believe” in Latin, was honored for his work in the community in a series of tweets on the the Long Beach PD Twitter page.

“Thank you, K9 Credo, for your service to the @LongBeachCity community,” the department wrote.