The tragic death of the animal happened at around 1 p.m., while he was off duty with his trainer. Kilo was struck by a vehicle on Vermont Route 105 in Derby, and died at the scene. Police say the driver was not at fault and no charges are pending.
Kilo was a German Shepherd, and the K-9 partner of Deputy Tyler Jacobs. Kilo and Deputy Jacobs had just finished week three of a six-week drug detection class at the Vermont Police Academy, where he was labeled as one of the top canines in the class.
In the short time that Kilo was with the department, he and Deputy Jacobs worked tirelessly towards the training required for certification through the Vermont Police Academy.
“K-9 Kilo will be missed by all members of the department,” a statement issued by Chief Deputy Philip Brooks read.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.