MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police K9 who worked his way into the hearts of many after he sustained multiple gunshot wounds while defending his handler from a robbery suspect back in 2011, passed away suddenly on Saturday.
The Montgomery Police Department says police K9 Bodi faced several health concerns due to aging following retirement. Bodi became ill late Saturday afternoon - he was transported to the Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital where he later died.
Bodi, an 11-year-old German Shepherd, was honorably retried from MPD service in January while recovering from injuries sustained while in the line of duty.
Bodi made headlines after being shot multiple times, including in the face, while protecting his handler during the December 2011 pursuit of an armed robbery suspect. Bodi and his handler tracked the suspect into a nearby neighborhood where he was hiding in a storage building behind a residence. Bodi was shot while trying to apprehend the suspect who attempted to flee. As a result from injuries sustained during that incident, Bodi lost one eye and was partially blinded in the other. He did recover from those injuries and enjoyed life after retirement at home with his handler and his family.
Bodi continued to serve MPD with occasional visits to local elementary schools.
Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy expressed his gratitude to the Montgomery community for its outpouring of support for Bodi and the staff at Taylor Crossing. MPD is making plans for a private burial.
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