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.
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:
Our hearts are broken as we mourn the line-of-duty death of our K-9 Officer Nyx, who was killed yesterday, January 28th. “K-9 Nyx paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting this community,” says Chief of Police Carla Redd. pic.twitter.com/Nffc2ta9gl
— RockfordILPolice (@RockfordPD) January 29, 2024
She “gave” the ultimate sacrifice, Chief.
Unfortunately Mr. Trotter didn’t “pay” for his actions Sunday. Yet.