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Community says goodbye to Hondo, the Herriman police K-9 killed in the line of duty

An American flag is draped over the casket of Herriman police K-9 Hondo during memorial services at Herriman High School in Herriman on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. The 7-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in the line of duty on Feb. 13 while trying to apprehend a wanted violent fugitive who was also shot and killed after officers say he displayed a gun. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

An American flag is draped over the casket of Herriman police K-9 Hondo during memorial services at Herriman High School in Herriman on Saturday. The 7-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in the line of duty on Feb. 13 in Salt Lake City while trying to apprehend a wanted violent fugitive who was also shot and killed after officers say he displayed a gun. According to Herriman Police Lt. Cody Stromberg, the team of Sgt. Ben Ricks and Hondo was “one of the top K-9 teams in the state of Utah if not the entire country.” Hondo was responsible for more than 100 arrests in Salt Lake County and assisted in taking hundreds of pounds of drugs off the streets, he said. Hondo began his career with the Unified Police Department before moving to Herriman when it launched its own police department in 2018.