Boise police dog dies after shoot-out

Posted at 1:30 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 15:37:38-05

Jardo, the Boise Police dog who was shot and injured during a shoot-out Friday afternoon on a Boise “bench” neighborhood has died.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon at a Boise Police  Department press conference.

Jardo was a six-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Police had been searching for Marco Romero, a wanted fugitive, in connection with an apartment shooting and a carjacking earlier that week in Meridian.

Several witnesses spotted Romero Friday afternoon in the Central Rim neighborhood. When officers confronted Romero, shots rang out. Two officers were injured. One was treated and released. The other is still hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Jardo was also injured. He was rushed to a veterinarian hospital where surgeons later removed one of his lungs.

Westvet officials said Thursday Jardo died as a result of an unexpected cardiac arrest.

Initially, officials felt Jardo was healing as planned as a result of his surgery.