- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police officers, city officials and members of the public are expected to attend a memorial service for a Long Beach police dog that was shot and killed while fighting a man who charged officers with a knife.

Police officials determined that friendly fire killed Credo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois (MAL’-uh-nwah), during the struggle last month. The knife-wielding man, a gang shooting suspect, was also killed.

Credo will be honored at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at a Long Beach park.

City News Service reports the dog was with the department for two years. Credo worked patrol and narcotics operations, and was involved in more than 30 apprehensions.

Police are encouraging donations in Credo’s memory to the Long Beach K-9 Officers Association.

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