El Mirage Police K-9 Killed, Suspect Identified

K-9 Koki killed in the line of duty

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El Mirage Police K-9 Officer Koki [Photo courtesy El Mirage Police Department]

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.”

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