Beloved Police Dog Killed In Michigan

Beno died at the scene.

July 25, 2019 - 8:13 am

(WWJ) The Manistee County Sheriff's Department made a sad announcement on Facebook. One of their own was gone, sudden and unexpected, killed by a member of the public.

Beno, the county's beloved K-9, had just finished his shift when he was struck by a passing motorist at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Beno died at the scene.

The Sheriff's Department said it was left with a heavy heart.

Beno was a 2 year old German Shepherd born in Lask, Poland. He began his police training at the early age of 13 months, and was assigned to his handler Deputy Brandon Gillispie. He completed the program on June 14, 2018, and received certifications in patrol work that included Tracking, Narcotics Detection, Apprehension, and Evidence Recovery.

"Beno and his handler shared a love for one another that was truly “something special” to witness," Sheriff John O’Hagan wrote in a Facebook post. "In just over a year of working together, the bond of loyalty they built together was quite evident. That bond grew stronger and stronger by the constant, continuous training and working relationship they had established. Beno was called out on several occasions to assist our neighboring law enforcement communities as well.

"He touched the lives of so many in just a short period of time."

Manistee County Sheriff's Department

Beno also represented the agency with visits to local schools, retirement homes, and area events.

"Without question, Beno had a special place in the heart of our community," the sheriff wrote.

This unexpected accident has left a void in our hearts amongst my staff, our law enforcement partners, county officials, and our community. Our deepest condolences go out to Deputy Gillispie and his family as they grieve the loss of his partner, co-worker, and best friend."

Sloane Becker wrote on Facebook that Beno was "incredibly beautiful."

Police noted that Beno's death was an accident; No word on whether the driver will be charged with a crime.