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In a devastating incident on Saturday morning, a 21-year-old Kentucky man, Michael T. Sims, is facing charges after driving the wrong way and colliding with a police patrol vehicle, resulting in the death of a cherished K9 officer named Fury and injuries to two Franklin Police Division (FPD) officers.
The fatal crash occurred around 10:40 a.m. on South River Street in Franklin, Ohio. Sims, behind the wheel of a 2015 Jeep Patriot, was traveling in the wrong direction at a high speed when he struck the marked FPD cruiser carrying Fury and the two officers. The preliminary investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) revealed that Sims was driving at approximately 70 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The impact caused the Jeep to veer off the road, colliding with a tree before coming to a stop. Fury, a 3-year-old German Shepherd and a valued member of the FPD since June 2021, was rushed to a local veterinarian but succumbed to his injuries before 11:40 a.m.
FPD officers Alex Butler, Fury’s handler, and a fellow officer undergoing training, sustained minor injuries and were treated at Kettering Health Franklin. Butler expressed the profound loss, describing Fury as not only a skilled patrol and narcotic K9 but also as his best friend. Fury was known for his unique ability to switch from a dedicated working dog to a “normal dog” who enjoyed playing fetch with his special Kong toy.
Chief Adam Colon of the FPD shared the sentiment, stating that Fury was adored by everyone in the department and described him as “loved by us all.” The loss of Fury has deeply affected the close-knit law enforcement community, highlighting the unique bond between officers and their K9 partners.
As the investigation into the incident continues, the community mourns the tragic loss of Fury and extends its Support to the grieving officers of the Franklin Police Division.
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