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Warren County police K-9 killed in training accident

| Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:24 p.m.
K-9 Choper
Conewango Township Police Department
K-9 Choper

A Warren County police dog died early Wednesday after falling from a roof during training.

According to a Facebook post by Conewango Township, K-9 Choper, a five-year-old German shepherd, died after falling from the roof of a three story building along Pennsylvania Avenue and Elm Street in the city of Warren.

Choper and his handler, Officer Scott Neiswonger, were participating in a training exercise just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when the accident occurred.

Choper was rushed to the Russell Veterinary Hospital, Warren County, where he succumbed to his injuries just after midnight.

"We are thankful for everything he was able to accomplish for our citizens during his time with us and our hearts go out to his handler," Conewango Township police Chief Jason Peters said via social media.

Choper was assigned to the Conewango Police May 11, 2015, according to the department.

Choper's name has already been added to the Officer Down Memorial Page .

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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