SALT LAKE CITY — A police K-9 died after being struck by a vehicle, officials said.
Early Monday morning, the 16-month-old German Shepherd named Kuno and his handler were off-duty when the dog escaped from his handler's personal pickup truck. The dog was able to get out of the truck's enclosed shell, according to a news release from the Unified Police Department.
The K-9 had been in training with his handler.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to our K-9 handler who lost his dear friend and partner," police said.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Kuno has not been identified, police said.