Dog slain while trying to detain man fleeing from a robbery
If indeed you were a police officer rounding a blind corner after a suspect and
two gun shots go off from that suspect...would you not return fire to protect
Hey @ 3rd try...i think you need to learn what you are speaking about..due to
the fact that the k-9 is considered an officer therefor when the perp opened
fire on him thats opening fire on an officer so return fire is unhesitated..do a
little research before opening your mouth
I Met koda because the handelers son is one of my friends and it is so sad that
this had to happen i dont understand why someone would do this, RIP koda! You
I think the authorities need to investigate this officer killing a person over
this dead dog. That is so very wrong. This is getting too insane and
unbelievable. The publicity over this dead dog is making people question our
police force. If the police are this unstable why should we support them.
Although I'm sure there are a great many sane and normal officers. They can't
all be like this.
Are you people still going at it over this sniffer dog and its ridiculous
funeral? I cannot believe any of you people. You folks need mental help.
Such a loss, We own 5 working cattle dogs, these dogs as well as K9 police dogs
become part of your every day life, they are family, when you lose one, it like
losing part of your family, this was a tragic mishap, But I am sure Koda was
doing what he loved to do when the good lord took him, I am sure God needing
such a fine dog to help him in his endeavors. God bless Koda may he rest in
Please if anyone is offended know that i did not mean offense and it wasnt my
intentions to hurt or to disrespect anyone. Love to Koda and his family. I'm
sorry for your loss. To everyone else, please just stop the comments please
please. I beg you. Whether Tevita deserves this or not I know My Family did
nothing to deserve this. Please just stop. The more the story goes on the more
people throw us down with it. We are mourning too. I hope you guys just take it
into consideration. We cry for both. We mourn for both. We validate for both. I
ask you please.
For those who talk badly about Tevita, I am sorry you didnt get to know the kind
and loving man I know. Sometimes people hit rock bottom and just do dumb foolish
things. He was a good man who decided to just throw it away once he lost
everything that really meant anything to him. I apologize again. sincerely from
the heart. I hope Koda's family is okay. My family will keep you in our prayers
we will also be at the high school for the service. As for Vita, I hope you hear
me, Im sorry for not being there for you like i should have. Im sorry for
turning my back on you the way i did. I love you so much and I hope you find the
way up there. Im at least happy your able to learn about the gospel before the
2cd coming comes... Ofa atu Koda and Vita. Again I apologize to anyone offended
to my words.
It is sad to say this all happened. But it did. To the handler I apologize.
Nothing anyone says can bring Koda back and I validate you completely and fully.
To others writing on this site, I hope you listen with an open heart and an open
mind. Tevita was a good man that made very stupid decisions. I am not here to
justify his actions nor here to say what he did was right. I'm writing to let
all of you know we are mourning for both parties. Its sad to see how many people
come and judge others. I used to be a person like that until this happened to
me. Now i understand why I was taught to not talk about others. If I have
offended anyone by saying this i do apologize sincerely from the heart. A life
is a life whether it is a Dogs or a Mans. You have no right to wish upon a life
to be taken for you did not give that life....
i am so sorry for loss of a human life, no matter you criminal or non criminal.
my prayers go out to the family.
For all of those questioning the shooting of the suspect perhaps I can shed
alittle light on your puzzeling views. An officer in uniform is an officer in
uniform period. Their is no difference in the degree of a slain officer be it
K-9 or human. The perp shot and killed an officer of the law. The perp made the
decision to take it to the next level and paid for it by losing his own life. I
applaud the police and their actions following the lose of their fellow officer.
With that being said I have a question. Was the K-9 officer wearing a ballistic
vest. These officers need to be protected just as human officers are, and their
is no excuse for the dog not having proper protection. I hope that the
departments who do not have proper vests for their K-9 officers look into some
of the charitable organisations out their and funding available to purchase
Geez! You people need to mourn the dog and stop acting like children.
My K9 partner Betsy and I are truly saddened and sorry for your loss. You go to
work every day with a partner who doesn't argue, doesn't complain, doesn't want
anything but your approval and a little praise for a job well done. A partner
who wouldn't think twice about giving their life for yours. And it sounds like
that's exactly what he did. Rest in peace Koda.... and Godspeed!! You are a
Your A Beautiful Dog..As trained as a Police Dog.To serve and
Protect although life was Cut short..You will be missed by your
Acadamy in the Deptartment On which you serviced~Rest in Peace~
Guardians of the NightTrust in me my friend for I am your comrade.I will
protect you with my last breath.When all others have left youAnd the
loneliness of the night closes in,I will be at your side.Together we
will conquer all obstaclesAnd search out those who might wish harm to
others.All I ask of you is compassion,The caring touch of your
hands.It is for you that I will selflessly give my lifeAnd spend my
nights unrested.Although our days togetherMay be marked by the
passing of the seasons.Know that each day at your side is my reward.My days are measured byThe coming and going of your footsteps.I
anticipate them at the opening of the door.You are the voice of caring
when I am ill.The voice of authority over me when I've done wrong.
Just a Dog ContinuedFor me and folks like me, it's not "Just a
dog." It's and embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond
memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out
what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of
the day.I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a
dog." It's the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "Just a man
or woman."So the next time you hear the phrase "Just a dog,"
smile, because they "Just Don't Understand. ~Author Unknown
to:jw This is a story written by a
unknown author.From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up, it's just a
dog." or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the
distance traveled, time spent, or costs involved for "Just a dog." Some of my
proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog." Many hours have passed with
my only company being "Just a dog," and not once have I felt slighted. Some of
my saddest moments were brought about by "Just a dog." In those days of
darkness, the gentle tough of "Just a dog" provided comfort and purpose to
overcome the day.If you, too, think its "Just a dog," you will
probably understand phrases like "Just a friend," "Just a sunrise," or "Just a
promise," "Just a dog" brings out pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out
the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "Just a
dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. To be continued
Where you at the scene of the crime and tragedy? I'm guessing not...so knowing
the details of how the whole thing went down would be beyond the scope of your
knowledge. I don't know every detail, either. But I would much rather mourn the
loss of a good police dog than the loss of a two-bit criminal who would probably
have shot at a police officer as quickly as he shot at a police dog.
Koda RIPMany of you do not know or relize but koda was more then a dog.
kodo was a K9 Officer who held a badge whos partner is now mourning his lost.
Instead of complaining do something pro active get your kids invovled raise
money to have all the K9 Officers vested with level 3 vests just as their other
fellow officers should be. I breed and raise these K9 police dogs so this hits
home even here in VA
This is my third attempt to comment on the story. My earlier two, signed "Angry"
and "Concerned" apparently were censored. Comments sent in after mine have
already appeared and mine have not. I suppose it's a mistake to think you would
publish a note pointing out that the story was slanted. The slanting was in the
reporter stating, as if it were fact, that the officer killed the suspect by
returning fire. Yet the first paragraph says the dog was killed out of the
presence of the police. Later, when an officer went around the corner and found
the dog dead, he shot the suspect. Returning fire happens during an active
shoot-out, not after rounding a corner and seeing a dead dog. The paper is not
objective when it focuses all this pity on a dog and does not tell the story
without spin. The suspect did not commit a capital offense, yet his killing
seems to be handled as if it were a good thing.
It is unfortunate that this event had to happen. For those involved, it was the
deamon of intoxication and lack of community support that led them to make the
choices that they made. I do not support cruelty to animals in any form and I
am not defending the shooters action.I know one of the suspects
personally, he suffered from the deamon of drug addiction; he cried out for help
at times with his problem, but found no hand reaching out to lift him from the
depths of suffering that he has had to endure. I do not place the blame on
anyone or anything; but would like to use this as an example to stress that
there are those out there still in need of help. If we as a community reached
out harder to those in need of help with thier addictions, things like this
could be prevented.Most of you who read this will go back to your
warm beverage and privelaged lifestyle and say look at what they did.What if it was your brother or sister who long before something like this
happenend was already handed a sentence of ostrazation and failure?
So a dog is the same as human ? I was sad when my pets have died but it did not
come close to the pain and grief of losing a parent or a sibling . Tell a parent
that losing a child is the same as losing a cat or a dog . They are not even in
the same universe as far as pain and grief and to say they are is balderdash
KODA WAS A VALUED AND LOVED MEMBER OF OUR FORCE AND WE MOURN HIS PASSING. WE
ARE RELIEVED THAT HIS HANDLER/PARTNER WAS NOT HURT. THE FACT THAT HE WAS NOT A
"HUMAN OFFICER" IN NO WAY DIMISHES OUR PAIN AND GRIEF. KODA, WE LOVE YOU!
My husband is probably the biggest dog lover I've ever met. We greatly admire
the training and expertise of these dogs and their handlers and the job they do
protecting the community. Our condolences to the Midvale police in losing a
valued member of their task force. To TP: These dogs are trained to go in and
get criminals when the officers can't (such as in this situation where the
suspect couldn't be found). Koda was sent in to detain the suspect and prevent
him further harming anyone else. The dogs go into the line of fire for the same
reason the officers do: to protect us.
For the sake of all of us, let's hope that "Former Utahn" is wrong about
California! What kind of society would bind those swarm to serve by making them
prove the prep intended to shoot at them BEFORE allowing the officer to return
fire? If what they say is true about California, then let common sense continue
to prevail, at least in Utah, and pray for the innocent crazy enough to continue
to live in California!Free the police, and give them the tools to
protect us from the bad guys. When they choose to commit the crime they must
accept the consequences this the only truely humane way to deal with crime;
coddling breads more crime!
I'm sorry to the handler and to the Midvale police department. All these
comments that are debating whether killing a police dog is the same as blah blah
blah.... it doesn't matter. Do what you need to do to lay him to rest. I believe
police dogs should be treated as officers. I'm glad that no other
officers were injured.
One valuable member of our police community lost to a criminal. My sincerest
condolences to the handler, police department and those to loved this dog.
not a police officer. For those who say " The person can be charged with murder
for killing a police dog" That folks is utter NONSENSE . There are numerous
criminal charges but murder isnt one of them.Did the police dog get a paycheck ?
No . Did the police dog have a 401K ? No . It was a dog and that is horrible the
dog died .
Just because the dog is considered an officer does not mean that killing the dog
is the same as killing a human police officer. Killing the dog is a felony
which is a harsher punishment than animal cruelty laws but definitely not on par
with taking a human life.
WHY DOES RACE ALWAYS COME UP IN HERE?. If you say the article is about the dog,
than please leave race out of it. Koda, rest in peace and condolences to the
Midvale Police Department.
This dog was a police officer killed in the line of duty, doing his job to
protect the rest of us. My sincere condolences to his handlers and to his
fellow police officers. I have no sympathy for anyone who kills a police
officer.To: jw, you should be ashamed to say "its just a dog".
sincere condolences to Koda's handler and family. people should note this is a
story about the death of Koda and the loss he was to the police officers. to
read more about the death of the killer of this fine dog, see the previous
I am sending my sincere condolences to the Police Department for the loss of
this fine animal. I know police departments are very tight knit groups. This
animal was an important part of keeping not only the public safer but obviously
the officers themselves. Koda did his job. He chased an armed and dangerous
suspect and paid the ultimate price. I for one am grateful that one of the
Police Officers (or more) was able to go home to their families that night
because of Koda. Also grateful that the woman that escaped with her children is
safe as well. As for the suspect...I am glad I don't have to be the judge. I
hope this sends a message to other would-be robbers in this city.
No matter what part of the country you are in, no matter what newspaper you're
looking at, anytime there is a story involving and animal there are always the
token comments complaining that it is/was "just an animal" and how we shouldn't
care about them and focus more on people.Perhaps those individuals
should take their own advice: Get out there and spend more time helping people
instead of logging onto the computer and complaining about those of us who have
enough room in our hearts to feel compassion for both people AND animals.
JW I can see YOU HAVE NO HEART!!!!! Koda was hired to do a job, he worked for
the police department, and did a BANG UP JOB. I have many dogs they are apart
of my family, Koda thank you for a job WELL DONE.
tp: how do you know the handler knew the suspect was armed when he released the
lp: I didn't happen to take note of the nationality of Koda's killer; as, I
don't happen to equate things that happen with race. However, upon rereading
this article, I think you are mistaken. The gentleman was not Hispanic.
Once again...the article you are commenting on is about the DOG....not the
perp...and how the police (and community) are mourning the DOG...not the perp.
I'm sure if you look hard enough, you will find an article about the criminal
and the people who mourn him. If not now...watch for it in the future. The
family of these criminals always have something to say.
RIP Koda. Prayers for your handler....
Why on earth did the handler release his dog and subject him to an armed robber,
knowing full well that the robber will shoot?!?
The death of someone you love is always hard to endure no matter if that someone
is an animal or a human. The loss of both Koda and the young man are mourned by
different people but both for the same reason. May comfort come to the family
and friends of both victims.
Koda was part of the police force. When you shoot a police service dog, it's the
same as sooting an office. When the call goes in that the dog has been shot,
they don't say dog down! the call went out that an officer was down. Yes, this
perp deserved to shot and ly wounded, when he turned a weapon on the police
dog that was pursuing him. And no to the rest of the people who have said, "it's
just a dog". He was not just a dog! He was a fully trained service dog, for the
police department. Thousands and thousands of dollars are spent in the training
of these wonderful animals, not to mention the countless hours of training that
the handler has put in! This dog deserves it's proper repsect! Let's show it to
him and his handler!!!
To Former Utahan @ 8:31pm The dog who was shot and killed wasn't just a
dog..Koda was a police dog. He was an officer of the law. The police were
defending the neighborhood and so was Koda. The criminal shot first at an
officer..then the police shot the criminal.. sorry I see no need for scrutiny.
"Am I Missing Something" - did you even read the article? The cops were chasing
people who were armed and were fleeing the scene of an attempted robbery - then
this poor "young man", who just happened to have a gun and was riding in a
stolen car - shoots a police dog - with the police right there - of course, that
poor "young man" wouldn't have shot at the cops now, would he? After all, a
fleeing felon running through yards in a residential neighborhood isn't really
THAT much of a threat. He's probably just misunderstood and would have
peacefully given up after a little jog around the city capping off rounds as he
ran around with no regard for whomever might be in line with that bullet, right?
That guy made a grown up decision that resulted in grown up a consequence.
The criminal shot two bullets, both of which went into the dog. In California
where I now live the police would definitely come under scrutiny for shooting a
man who didn't shot at them first (granted, this story may not tell all of the
facts, but it does say that the officer turned the corner and found the dog
dead; this coupled with the speed of a dog leads me to believe the officers'
shots came after the dog was shot and not simultaneously with its death). Does
the ACLU have a loud voice in Utah as they do in California?
your wrong, Dogs are mans best friends. yes the mans family needs condolences
but dogs are special too. I have lost both, yes they are both hard but dogs are
special, and that man was a criminal, I'll bet he has his own article, just let
this one focus on the dog, without your mean critisizm. :)
I am sorry about Koda, I know how hard it is to lose a doggy friend. I lost mine
too not to long ago and I still miss her. I hope you will get another doggy
friend and will love them as much. Dogs never are replaced but each make new
places in our hearts.
So the burglary suspect shot a dog and the police shot and killed him. It
didn't say he shot at police. Last I checked, burglary and killing a police dog
did not equal a death sentence. I also find it strange that the story focuses
on the pain losing the dog and no mention of the pain of losing that young man.
Isn't judging someone for making judgements on others hypocritical?
Oh, Lesson for All, you are so wise. It must be hard sitting in your easy chair
judging everyone else's decisions.
This article is about the dog...and that is what people are commenting on. You
want sympathy for the perp...find a different article.
I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return.I protect my officer with my life,and would gladly take a bullet in his
place. I am sent in to find lost children and fugitives on the run.
I find drugs and weapons and even bombs.I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave.I am the nose and ears of my officer.I will protect and serve him. I would die for him and for you.I
only ask for compassion and a kind word. RIP KODA
Was anything in the world worth the value of these two lives? Will anything ever
be able to heal the pain and re-live the past and learn from choices that no
good can come in the long run from this. Wish people would get as angry and
involved about the war on drugs and alcohol and the damage caused.
RE: How sad | 4:26 p.m. Jan. 2, 2010 The criminal who shot the dog
was shot and killed by the police. There is no 'rest of his life'.
hello. it is just a dog. thanks for putting it back into perspective.here's hope you never lose a loved one. like a mother, father, son, daughter,
brother, sister, wife, husband.because you know, they're just
humans. get over it.
It is always a tragedy to lose any officer of the law...whether K-9 or human.
Hello, it was a hispanic with a long criminal history! Get over it!
To jw Have you ever had a special someone, a partner, a child or a best friend.
This is truly what this "dog" was. Koda had a job and he did it. He was
trained to make our lives safer and it cost him his. Do not belittle that loss
to those of us who are greatful, to those who love him or to those who were
lucky enough to work with him. Koda was not just a dog.
Hello, it's a dog, folks! Get over it.
I hope that through your faith, grows patience, through your pain, you find
strength, justice will serve those in custody in which have taken one of your
own. Take refuge brother....
the Guy (Robbery suspect) got what he was asking for. There are inherant
risks to every profession. He chose to take those risks and because of his
decisions he has hurt his family, and the family of a brave canine officer.
Koda was a terror only to who chose to do evil, but a blessing to all of those
who chose the good of law enforcement.Thank you Koda.
3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not
be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the
same: 4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou
do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he
is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
my heart felt sympathy goes out to the officer and everyone who loved koda. the
man that shot koda is now answering to the highest court ever. i pray that this
mans family will be comforted at this time. please do not blame yourselves for
his actions. ***MAY GOD
BLESS EVERYONE***PS: koda please say hi! to my dogs darlin & winnie.
I have to do a ditto to chris....To koda's handler may you find peace and
strength in the coming days.
Koda was a great asset to the community, and I feel his loss much more than the
loss of the criminal who shot him. May the department find a new dog quickly to
take his place in their ranks and hearts.
I agree with Chris. We can thank Koda for getting this scum off the streets for
good. But, what a travesty to lose such a beautiful dog. This just sickens me.
Thoughts and prayers to Koda's family.
NEVER house-sit for someone, ESPECIALLY if they've reported "someone lurking in
the back yard" recently.If someone's so worried about what's in
their home (and I doubt it's a legal substance), they should stay home OR take
that stuff with them.
Thanks, Koda, for doing your job well.
Such a shame to lose this beauiful animal but Iam so glad it was not one our
human officer. How can the community help with getting this officer another dog
if he wants one. Our prays and love is with the officer and his family.
I love police dogs and was saddened by this article, but I found it even more
sad that the death of the dog dominated the story but the death of a man was
mentioned only in passing. No one likes criminals, of course, but they remain
children of God, and they likely were loved by others. To treat any man's death
so callously seems wrong to me.
I have just one more thing to say..at least the one who shot the fatal bullets
into Koda will be facing a higher judge to which there won't be any appeals for
quite awhile. And I'm sure brave Koda is now running happily and will be
watching over his handler/friend from on high; Cheering him on to still go out
and catch those bad guys so people can feel safe.
Feel better now, big tough robbery suspect dude with your big tough gun? Enjoy
knowing for the rest of your life that you killed a dog. I know, like you care.
Big tough guy.
Beautiful dog. Thoughts and prayers go out to his handler and all the police
officers involved in this sad event.
I would say the punishment fits the crime. Another criminal gone for good and
unfortunately a dog killed. I am glad we didn't have to hear the trial on this
one and the guy only getting a fine or weak sentence.
My condolences to the handler and the department.Also, my
condolences to the family of the alleged perp. Even criminals have families
that mourn, and even perps sometimes have parents who tried their best.
Koda was a beautiful dog. I'm so sorry for your loss Midvale Police K9 unit.