Rockford PD lost a K-9 in the line of duty Sunday, chasing a domestic violence suspect.  The suspect, Malik Trotter, pulled a gun and fired three shots at the dog.  Moments later, he also fired at the dog’s police officer handler.  The handler, Officer Vargas, did the only polite thing:  he returned fire.  Unfortunately he was unable to score anything better than a leg wound on the perp before taking Trotter into custody.  Nyx died on the scene.

From MyStateline:

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford K9 was shot and killed and the suspect wounded in a shootout with police on 11th Street on Sunday, according to authorities.

On Monday, Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley identified the suspect as Malik Trotter.

Rockford Police said officers were investigating a “domestic situation” in the 3000 block of Jacqueline Drive around 1:46 p.m.

The State’s Attorney’s Office said the victim told officers she got into a verbal argument with Trotter, who left the apartment with her phone.

Trotter was located a short time later in the 2900 block of 11th Street, police said.

Rockford Police Officer Vargas and his K9 partner, Nyx, pursued Trotter on foot, according to the State’s Attorney, and K9 Nyx pursued Trotter over a fence, where three shots rang out.

And from the Rockford Police X account:

She “gave” the ultimate sacrifice, Chief.

Unfortunately Mr. Trotter didn’t “pay” for his actions Sunday.  Yet.

5 thoughts on “SAD: Rockford PD K-9 Nyx shot and killed in line of duty Sunday”
  1. Beautiful dog, I have always loved/respected Shepherd dogs, started from watching “Rin Tin Tin” as a youngster. K-9 Nix died in the line of duty, honorably. Bless her, Nix. for her service to law enforcement.

  2. A sad reminder….. We have shit bags walking the street that will open fire on police dogs and ARMED and highly trained human officers that have lots of back without hesitation. Guess what that same scum would do to you or your loved ones. It’s easy to get complacent with the everyday routine and things like this are a reminder to stay alert, armed and ready. I hope the asshole that killed the dog gets a good infection.

  3. The perp should be charged with the murder of a Police Officer!
    Hope this Officer is enjoying the fields in Heaven!

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