Police finalize memorial service for fallen K9 Officer Axe

Police finalize memorial service for fallen K9 Officer Axe
Posted at 2:42 PM, Nov 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-09 14:42:52-05

The St. Clair Shores Police Department has finalized details for the memorial service that will honor fallen K9 Officer Axe.

Axe was killed in the line of duty on Sunday night in St. Clair Shores during a situation where a 29-year-old Detroit man was also killed.

Police say the service will happen Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at 21800 Marter Rd. in St. Clair Shores. For those who want to attend, overflow parking will be available at Crosspointe Christian Church on Mack Ave. in Grosse Pointe Woods and a shuttle will be provided.

According to police, a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday drew police to Lakeland Manor Banquet Hall on Harper Avenue near 10 mile — the initial report indicated the suspect had a gun.

Several dozen people were inside the banquet hall celebrating a baby shower, per sources.

Police arrived and found a suspect matching the description they’d been given over the phone. He ignored several demands before trying to run away from police, which is when K-9 Axe confronted the suspect.

The department declined to speak on camera, but offered an explanation and timeline of events which describes the moment Axe chased the suspect and was shot as follows: 

“…Axe was deployed and upon confronting the male, shots were fired from a handgun by the male, striking the K-9. St. Clair Shores Police Department officers returned fire, striking the male.”

As a result of the shooting, both the shooting suspect and K-9 officer Axe were killed.