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16-year-old accused of beating to death Mesquite K-9 police Kozmo during his chase

A Mesquite police dog killed early Monday in a pursuit of theft suspects has been beaten to death, according to an autopsy performed on the dog.

The autopsy noted that Kozmo died of trauma following an assault, Mesquite police said Thursday.

A 16-year-old theft suspect who was captured on Monday faces an additional charge for Kozmo’s murder.

The minor is charged with interfering with a police service animal (causing injury or death), which is a second degree felony.

Three suspects in the theft – an adult and two minors – were arrested on Monday.

Mesquite Police responded to a request from Balch Springs Police for assistance in the pursuit of several aggravated theft suspects shortly after 2:30 a.m. Monday.

During the pursuit, officers used spike strips and disabled the suspects’ vehicle at Burton Road and Interstate 635. The suspects crashed into a wooded area near the freeway.

Mesquite K-9 Kozmo intervened on the scene to track down the suspects. The suspects have been found, but Kozmo has not returned.

At around 4:13 a.m. on Monday, Kozmo’s body was found.

“Kozmo was an amazing and loyal dog who gave his life in the line of duty,” Mesquite Police said in a press release Monday. “We ask everyone to keep all of our officers in their thoughts and prayers as we face this loss.”

A memorial service for Kozmo is pending.

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