EL MIRAGE – The suspect in the killing of El Mirage Police Department K-9 “Kiko,” has been identified as 38-year-old Joe Ruelas. Ruelas was wanted for Aggravated Assault when officers tried to arrest him on Friday evening.
Ruelas tried to flee from the scene while holding a handgun. Koki pursued Ruelas, who then killed the dog.
Two officers returned fire, but Ruelas was able to escape. He was later found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The El Mirage Police Department announced K-9 Koki’s passing on Facebook: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our K-9 Koki, who was killed in the line of duty tonight protecting other officers from harm. He will be greatly missed.”
The El Mirage community is hosting a candle light vigil for K-9 Koki at 7 p.m. tonight. Anyone interested in attending can go to the El Mirage Police Department, 12401 W. Cinnabar Ave., El Mirage. Candles will be provided.? pic.twitter.com/x28NKhbaAT
— AZ Fire & Medical (@AZFireAuthority) November 23, 2019