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BNSF Railway: Police officer accidentally shoots, kills K-9 partner

Credit: file photo, BNSF Railway/Steve Crise© Steve Crise

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A railroad police officer accidently shot and killed his K-9 partner while on patrol in Kern County.

BNSF Railway spokeswoman Lena Kent said the officer, who she didn’t name, was on patrol around 8 p.m. Thursday in the area of Bena Road in rural Kern County when the shooting occurred.

The officer had put his K-9 partner, Defender, in the patrol vehicle, but somehow Defender got out and approached the startled officer.

Kent said the officer had recently been warned during a safety briefing about wild animals he could encounter while on patrol.

Kent said the officer is heartbroken over this “tragic loss.” The dog and his handler lived together and had been partners for more than a year.

“He was just an amazing dog,” Kent said over the phone Friday.

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