K9 Passes Away Following Tuesday Shooting

It is with a heavy heart that the La Vergne Police Department announces K9 Sjaak has passed away. Sjaak (pron: Jacques) underwent surgery Wednesday evening but did not survive the operation.

“Our hearts are broken,” says Interim Chief Chip Davis. “Our K9s are members of the LPD family. Sjaak was an amazing and loyal dog. We ask everyone to keep Officer Darby, his family, and all of the La Vergne officers in your thoughts and prayers as we deal with this loss.”

Sjaak joined the La Vergne Police Department in 2014. He was shot three times when a man opened fire on Officer Darby’s patrol vehicle on Tuesday. Officer Darby was not injured in the shooting or subsequent chase. The suspect was declared dead after being transported to the hospital. The TBI is investigating and all updates regarding the investigation will be disseminated through the agency.

Final arrangements will be announced at a later date.

La Vergne K9 Officer Sjaak

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