Police officer shot and killed serving warrant in Cape Cod town

A Barnstable Police cruiser outside the hospital where an injured officer was brought

A Barnstable Police cruiser outside the hospital where an injured officer was brought

A police officer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was shot in the head and killed Thursday while serving a warrant, and a suspect was in custody, local media reported. Police say Latanowich shot Gannon in the head and also shot his K-9 unit Nero in the face and the neck during the altercation.

Gannon was shot and rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson.

Officer Sean Gannon's K-9 Nero is "stable but not out of the woods", the Dennis Veterinary Hospital said Friday.

Massachusetts State Police: "With a heavy heart, our condolences go out tonight to our brothers and sisters of the Yarmouth Police Dept. and to Officer Sean Gannon's family and friends".

An ambulance brings an officer to the hospital after they were shot in Barnstable
An ambulance brings an officer to the hospital after they were shot in Barnstable

Gannon had been with the Yarmouth Police department for 8 years. Our honest condolences to his wife, extended family, Yarmouth Police Department, and the many Westfield State University alumni and citizens of MA whom Sean positively impacted during his time here at Westfield State and his career in law enforcement. "And I'm not just saying that. Our department is going to miss him terribly". His K9 partner was also injured, but his condition is unknown at this time. "We thank him for his years of service and commitment to his community".

Suspect Todd Latanowich, 29, of Somerville, Mass., has an prolonged jail file, Yarmouth police talked about.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio confirmed to The Associated Press that an officer was shot.

Nero is a 28-month-old Belgian Malinois certified in tracking, criminal apprehension, evidence recovery, crowd control and handler protection, according to a statement the Yarmouth Police Department issued when the dog joined the department a year ago.

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