Procession for the deceased K-9 officer

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Law enforcement officers and the area community have come together to honor a Charleston K9 officer shot down in the line of duty.

Charleston K-9 officer Axel was escorted to Cooke’s crematoria.

A procession took place on Sunday afternoon after Axel was shot and killed.(WSAZ)

Axel was shot and killed Saturday night on East Point Drive in Charleston.

He saved the life of his partner Ptl. Clendenin and Ptl. Childress as they chased with an “escaped criminal who was armed with a gun and was trying to get away”.

Several nearby K9 units came to pay their respects.

Several nearby K9 units paid tribute to Axel.
Several nearby K9 units paid tribute to Axel.(WSAZ)

To honor Axel, Kanawha County and the City of Charleston ordered the flags lowered to half-staff.

Flags will remain at half mast throughout the day of services that have not been established.

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