- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A new law enforcement dog in western Michigan is named for a Lansing police K9 that was fatally shot following a foot pursuit of an armed suspect in 1999.

The Kent County sheriff’s department says Sabre is a 2-year old German shepherd from the Netherlands that joined the department in July. Deputy Dan Alderink describes Sabre to The Grand Rapids Press as “very energetic” with “an absolutely great demeanor.”

An event is Wednesday afternoon at the sheriff’s department to introduce the dog. Sabre was purchased due to the anticipated retirement of another police dog, Joe.

The Lansing Police Department’s dog named Sabre died following a shootout with officers that also killed an 18-year-old man.

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