An Arlington police dog died Tuesday after being “overcome by heat” during a search for a felony shooting suspect, a police spokesman reported.
The dog, Mojo, died about 2:30 p.m. at an animal hospital, according to a news release.
Police were trying to serve a felony aggravated assault warrant on Shune Deon Arnold Jr., 17, in the 1700 block of Grey Willow Lane, near Texas 360 in south Arlington, said Lt. Chris Cook, a department spokesman.
Officers spotted Arnold in a car about 8 a.m. and radioed patrol officers to pull the car over.
Arnold sped away but jumped out of the car in the 7100 block of Chambers Creek Court and ran, Cook said.
Police established an “extensive perimeter” near Timberview High School. Mojo helped in the search for Arnold for about an hour and 15 minutes before he “appeared to be overheating,” Cook said.
The Dallas police helicopter Dallas Air One was assisted in the search. Arnold was arrested about 4:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing him. He is a suspect in a shooting on June 12.
Mojo was a Belgian Malinois from Holland who started to work at the Arlington department in June 2010, when he was about 2, according to a post from 2012 on the Arlington police Facebook page. The post said Mojo assisted officers in searches for violent offenders, narcotics and evidence.
Nationwide, Mojo is the 25th police K9 to die in the line of duty, according to Officer Down Memorial Page. Heat exhaustion has been the leading cause of those deaths.