Suspects identified in death of police K-9

GLOUCESTER TWP., N.J. - December 1, 2010

20 -year-old Skyler Robinson and 19-year-old Evan Scotese, both from Sewell NJ, are being held on $150,000 full cash bail.

Both are charged with robbery and resisting arrest. Robinson charged with assaulting law enforcement animal.

The dog killed, named Shultz, was a member of the Gloucester Township, New Jersey police force.

Around 7:00 Tuesday night, police say Robinson and Scotese held up the Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant in 400 block of East Church Street in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township. Police say they assaulted an employee, grabbed money from the register, and fled on foot.

The canine picked up the scent of one of the suspects behind the restaurant. A half mile away, the German shepherd caught up with Robinson on the shoulder of Route 42.

Somehow, police say Robinson got ahold of Shultz and threw him into oncoming traffic.

Shultz was killed instantly.

Overnight, Gloucester Township police officers lined up outside the Chews Landing Veterinary Hospital. They saluted a fallen hero, a K-9 who had served as part of their police force for nearly all of its three and a half year life.

The German shepherd lived with a family and they too came to the animal hospital to say a final goodbye.

"It's a very difficult time for us tonight," said Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle. "There was no respect for injuring someone. And obviously no respect for injuring an animal as well."

Meanwhile, Gloucester Township Police announced on Facebook that a memorial fund has been set up.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can make a check payable and addressed to:

"K9 Shultz Memorial Fund"
1261 Chews Landing Road
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021

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