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    Sunday, April 21, 2024

    Memorial planned for state police K-9 killed in Stonington

    State police said state police K-9 Broko “gave his life protecting his handler, fellow troopers, and our community.” Police did not release details of how the dog was killed Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, or identify the dog’s handler. (Provided by Connecticut State Police)

    Connecticut State Police will hold a memorial service Tuesday for K-9 Broko, the dog shot and killed on Dec. 21 in Stonington by a man who was in turn shot and killed by police.

    The memorial for the police dog will be held at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford and is open to sworn and civilian personnel or by invitation. Police are barring press and the public from attending the ceremony at the request of Broko’s family, police said in a statement.

    K-9 teams from New England State Police Administrators Conference and from Connecticut municipalities will also attend the service. Other K-9 teams from across the country are expected to attend.

    The service will be live-streamed on the Connecticut State Police Facebook page.

    Broko was shot and killed Dec. 21 while state police were serving a felony warrant for 42-year-old Vaughn Malloy at a Mechanic Street home in the Pawcatuck section of Stonington. Police body camera footage shows Broko chasing Malloy, who had fled the home and was running along Mechanic Street. Police said Malloy fired a handgun at Broko and in the direction of police.

    Four troopers then shot Malloy, who died of multiple gunshot wounds. The shooting remains under investigation by the Office of the Inspector General.

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