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Deputy Fuller’s fate determined after K9 partner dies

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO) – DeKalb County School Resource Officer Courtney Fuller will not face charges after the death of his K9 partner, Mojo.

RELATED: DeKalb County police dog dies after being locked in police car

Mojo was accidentally left in Fuller’s vehicle on July 6 after the officer was “distracted by a situation with his newborn child.”

Several hours later, Fuller realized the K9 had been left in the vehicle, and he was found deceased.

A necropsy report reveals the death was caused by heat stroke.

The DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney press release states, “Indiana has several possible criminal charges, none of which fit the facts in this case. Generally, criminal law punishes people for their voluntary conduct only. In this case, the handler’s conduct was unknowing and involuntary. Therefore, no criminal statute applies.”

Although Fuller will not face criminal charges, he will be suspended without pay for 30 days and removed as a School Resource Officer.

He will also discontinue as a canine handler.

After suspension, Deputy Fuller will return to work in the patrol division.

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Sammy July 26, 2017 at 9:08 am

This state needs to change the law. If you or I did this they would find something to change us with. Make him pay for Mojo that will hurt the pocket if nothing else.

Erika Messer July 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Unknowingly? Nope. What EXACTLY was the emergency? Sorry but there is absolutely NO excuse for leaving a dog or a child in a car in this heat. He should not only lose his job but face animal abuse charges! He killed a police officer, he should face the consequences of that action. But instead they let him go back to work and just say “oh well you can’t work with animals anymore”. Bullshit!


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