Hero NYPD Dog Dies

10-year-old canine helped track down suspects in deadly 2007 shooting of police officer.

Monday, May 2, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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Scooby, a police dog who helped track down two suspects in the deadly 2007 shooting of a police officer, died April 30. He was 10 years old.

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The beloved police dog that helped cops track down leads in the shooting death of a fellow officer several years ago has died.

Scooby died in his sleep on Saturday, police said. He was 10 years old.

The canine helped track down two suspects, Robert Ellis and Dexter Bostic, in Pennsylvania in connection with the July 2007 deadly shooting of 23-year-old officer Russel Timoshenko, who was killed when he and his then partner pulled Ellis and Bostic over on what should have been a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn.

Timoshenko's former partner, now Detective Herman Yan, was wounded in the incident. 

Bostic was convicted in December 2008 of murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Ellis was convicted only of weapons possession. He was sentenced to 15 years.

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