Humans are not the only victims in police shootouts, as the Norfolk Police Department learned the hard way on Jan. 11, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The K9 dog Krijger was shot during a standoff with a man who had locked himself inside his house. The man, 58-year-old Keith Richardson, locked himself in his Virginia home after police were called to the home for a reported domestic disturbance, according to ABC 13. 

Hampton Roads says goodbye to Norfolk K9 Krijger. We will never forget you.

Posted by Hampton Police on Martes, 19 de enero de 2016
After seven hours inside the home, Richardson came out and started shooting. During the chaos he shot and killed Krijger. Richardson later died after the police shot him, according to ABC 13. 
According to the Virginian-Pilot, sources said Krijger, would have likely survived the shooting if he had been wearing a vest. 

It is with heavy hearts we announce the loss of a loyal and dedicated member of the Norfolk Police Department. K9 "...

Posted by Norfolk Police Department on Lunes, 11 de enero de 2016
Following  Krijger's death, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper donated funds to Spike's K-9 Fund. He donated enough money to outfit the entire K-9 unit with vests, according to the Virginian-Pilot. A GoFundMe account has been established to raise money for vest purchases for all K-9 officers. The fund has raised just over $17,000 in eight months. 
 

A special “THANKS” to CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 for his generous donation to the Norfolk-based charity, Spike's K9 Fund,...

Posted by Norfolk Police Department on Viernes, 15 de enero de 2016
The first police dogs were German shepherds and were used by the New York City Police Department in 1907. Each dog works with the police department for about six to eight years and are effective in drug and bomb situations because their sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than ours, according to Crime Wire. 

We are at a loss for words. Following the passing of K-9 Krijger earlier this week, CNN's Anderson Cooper has donated enough money to get a vest for every K9 at the Norfolk PD. Truly amazing.

Posted by Hampton Police on Jueves, 14 de enero de 2016
At least eight K-9 officers have been killed this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.