Late police officer's K-9 bravely fights for his life as he recovers from surgery

Sean Gannon was a member of the Yarmouth Police Department in Massachusetts for eight years and was the first full-time K-9 officer for the department. His K-9 partner, Nero, was wounded in a shooting that killed Officer Gannon. (Photo: WBZ-TV)

Police officer Sean Gannon was gunned down while serving an arrest warrant on Thursday, April 12. He lost his life, and his K-9 partner, German shepherd Nero, is now fighting for his after being shot in the face and shoulder in the same incident.

Gannon, 32, was an eight-year veteran of the Yarmouth Police Department in Massachusetts. He died after authorities say he was shot in the head by Thomas Latanowich, CBS4 Boston reports. The police dog was wounded and underwent surgery on Friday. 

Latanowich, 29, has 114 prior offenses on his criminal record, according to Fox 25 BostonHe was inside a home when Gannon attempted to serve a probation warrant. Latanowich was arraigned on a murder charge Friday and was being held without bail. He is to return to court to face the murder charge on June 26. 

K9 NERO K9 Nero remains alive and we continue to pray for his full recovery as he overcomes a gunshot wound suffered…

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Friday, April 13, 2018

This update on his health was given on a Go Fund Me page established for Officer Gannon. “K-9 Nero had a good night and got a lot of rest. He walked outside this morning to go to the bathroom on his own, and his surgeon says he is doing better than expected.”

OUR FOUR-LEGGED HERO! The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department are proud to report that our beloved K9 NERO is back on his feet—FIGHTING back and standing STRONG!

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Saturday, April 14, 2018

Officer Gannon was a graduate of Westfield State University and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He leaves behind his wife, Dara, and their three dogs:  K-9 Nero, Kira, and retired K-9 Thor.

The community has poured out donations in support, and the Go Fund Me page has collected $134,813 out of its $150,000 goal.

Posted by Yarmouth Police Dept. on Friday, April 13, 2018

I extend my thoughts and prayers to Officer Sean Gannon’s family. Also, I extend these thoughts and prayers to his brethren of law enforcement and fire for the strength and support to carry on their duties during this difficult time. Further, my thoughts and prayers are extended to his K-9 officer for a rapid and complete recovery,” wrote a donor. “God Bless Officer Gannon, Nero and his beloved wife. We are so fortunate to have amazing men and women in the Yarmouth PD protect our community,” added another.

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