Toronto K9 Service Dog ‘Bingo’ Killed in Gunfire
In an unfortunate incident on Tuesday night, a K9 service dog named Bingo from the Toronto Police was shot and killed during a search for an armed suspect. Inspector Jeff Bangild reported that the police had responded to calls of an armed suspect near Dixon Road and Kipling Avenue around 8 p.m., during which an encounter ensued resulting in gunfire. The police dog, Bingo, was hit and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
In the same exchange, a police officer also shot the suspect, who was then transported to the hospital. The severity of the suspect’s injuries remains unclear.
A tweet was shared by Myron Demkiw, Toronto’s police chief, mourning the incident:
Bingo, one of our K9s, was killed in the line of duty by gunfire tonight. Thank you for keeping our members safe and thank you for your service. My deepest condolences to his partner and to all of our @TPSK9 unit. pic.twitter.com/zQFOrMfIVS— Chief Myron Demkiw (@TPSMyronDemkiw) July 26, 2023
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the provincial authority that investigates police conduct in serious incidents, has taken up the investigation. They have identified the suspect as a 44-year-old man who reportedly shot and killed Bingo.
Early Wednesday morning, around 3:15 a.m., multiple officers visited the downtown Toronto vet clinic where Bingo was taken post-incident. The clinic on Yonge Street was surrounded by a multitude of parked police vehicles.
Expressing his condolences, Police Chief Demkiw wrote in his tweet, “Bingo, one of our K9s, was killed in the line of duty by gunfire tonight. Thank you for keeping our members safe and thank you for your service. My deepest condolences to his partner and to all of our Toronto Police K9 unit.”