Cop's Best Friend a Hero Until the End

K9 officer makes one last bust

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009  |  Updated 4:45 AM PDT
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Cop's Best Friend a Hero Until the End

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Var, not the pooch pictured, the police dog has added one more brave arrest to his record — his last one.

Var the police dog has added one more brave arrest to his record — his last one.

Spokane police officers say the dog was on his last night of patrol before retirement when he cornered a teenager sought for investigation of murder.

A tip led officers to surround a house Sunday night, and in the ensuing search Officer Dan Lesser and Var found the 19-year-old suspect hiding in the basement.

Three other teens were being sought in connection with the stabbing death of 22-year-old Shannon Cochran.

It was Var's last night on duty after 8 years in service. The dog retired Monday because of medical problems and his replacement, a German Shepherd from Germany named Cisco, was flown in the same day.

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