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Slain South Carolina Police Dog Honored at Memorial Service

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Slain South Carolina Police Dog Honored at Memorial Service

June 19, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C – Remembering A Dedicated Patrol Dog

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The law enforcement community in South Carolina gathered yesterday morning to honor Coba, a K-9 officer slain in the line of duty last week. The Belgian Malinois mix, only four years old, was shot while officers attempted to serve a felony warrant.

Unfortunate Event Leading to Coba’s Death

On June 14, Coba, along with his handler and a deputy from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at a house on Gravel Road with the task of serving a felony warrant to a 37-year-old man named James Peterson.
A confrontation ensued in the hallway of the home, during which Peterson allegedly fired his weapon at Coba. In response, officers opened fire, neutralizing Peterson.

Coba was immediately transported to an emergency veterinary clinic. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the medical team, Coba succumbed to his injuries later that day. Joining the force in 2021, Coba served the community for three impactful years.

Tribute to The Fallen Comrade

Yesterday’s memorial service was held at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy located on Broad River Road. The service was attended by law enforcement officers, community members, and Governor Henry McMaster. The attendees remembered Coba as a vital member of the team credited with numerous successful operations.

Parking has been stationed outside the academy for police cruisers to form a procession in honor of Coba, with K-9 handlers from surrounding departments participating to pay their respects. It was a deeply emotional sight, reminding all attendees of the risks law enforcement officers – and their K-9 companions – face in their line of duty every day.

Continued Support to The Law Enforcement Community

The tragic incident involving Coba is a reminder of the hazards faced by law enforcement – including their loyal and brave K-9 officers. This memorial serves as an opportunity to pay respect to those who have fallen in the line of duty, human and canine, and to extend continued support to the law enforcement community.

This is a painful moment for the South Carolina law enforcement community, who lost a brave, dedicated officer too early in his career. Our thoughts are with Coba’s partner and the entire team as they navigate this difficult time.

Final Farewell to K-9 Officer Coba

In conclusion, K-9 Officer Coba’s life was marked by service, sacrifice, and valiance. His loss is keenly felt and his contribution to law enforcement will always be remembered. As law enforcement officers continue their daunting task of serving and protecting the community, we are reminded of the essential role working dogs like Coba play in our society.


Slain South Carolina Police Dog Honored at Memorial Service

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