Ape, a 2-year-old Czech German shepherd equipped with a camera, was the first to enter an abandoned bar Thursday to confront Kurt Myers, suspected in four homicides that day in Herkimer and Mohawk. The dog was shot through the chest as he entered the door, and died, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
The dog will be honored with a memorial service at the FBI's Quantico, Va., headquarters, and his name will be inscribed on a wall for dogs killed in the line of duty.
"Ape was doing what he was trained to do. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed," Special Agent Ann Todd said in a statement.
After Ape was shot, FBI tactical teams and New York State Police shot back, killing Myers, the newspaper said.