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Trooper mistakenly kills K-9 partner during pit bull attack

This undated photo provided by the New York State Police shows Will, a Belgian-Malinois. The police dog died in a friendly fire incident while being attacked by a pit bull. State police say troopers were helping the Lewis County Sheriff's Office search a residence in the eastern Adirondacks late Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, when the pit bull ran out of the house and began attacking Trooper Shaun Smith's K-9 partner. (Associated Press)
This undated photo provided by the New York State Police shows Will, a Belgian-Malinois. The police dog died in a friendly fire incident while being attacked by a pit bull. State police say troopers were helping the Lewis County Sheriff's Office search a residence in the eastern Adirondacks late Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, when the pit bull ran out of the house and began attacking Trooper Shaun Smith's K-9 partner. (Associated Press)
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GREIG, N.Y. – A state police trooper accidentally killed his K-9 partner when trying to protect it from a pit bull attack during a search of a New York residence.

Police say troopers were helping the Lewis County sheriff’s office search a residence in the eastern Adirondacks late Monday when the pit bull ran out of the house and began attacking Trooper Shaun Smith’s K-9 partner, a 3-year-old Belgian-Malinois named Will.

Officials say Smith shot the pit bull in the leg. Troopers say it appears the bullet ricocheted off the ground and hit Will in the stomach. The K-9 died at a veterinary clinic.

Will graduated from K-9 school in April. He was named after Trooper William Doyle, who was fatally shot by escapees from a psychiatric institution in 1967.

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