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Florida K9 killed after gunman opens fire near shopping center, researchers say

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office tweeted that a suspect shot at deputies, and became a K9 officer in the vicinity of the Mall at Wellington Green in South Florida. (Google Maps)

Deputies are investigating a christmas Eve shooting near a South Florida shopping mall that killed a heroic K9 officer called Cigo.

The dog was credited with saving the life of the deputies, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said at a press conference Monday evening.

“He did his job and gave his life to save and protect our own,” Bradshaw said.

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His office tweeted that a suspect shot at deputies, and became a K9 officer.

The suspect was shot by deputies and was taken to a hospital for treatment, as WSVN reported.

The K9 officer was treated at a vet emergency center, but The Miami Herald reported that Cigo has died during an operation.

The sheriff’s office said The Mall at Wellington Green in Palm Beach County were locked down as deputies investigated the shooting.

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The Mall at Wellington Green has more than 160 shops and restaurants in a part of South Florida known to the equestrian community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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