Massachusetts State Police mourn K-9 Frankie

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Massachusetts State Police mourn K-9 Frankie

Massachusetts State Police is mourning its first ever K-9 killed in the line of duty after he was gunned down while trying to nab a suicidal fugitive wanted for an earlier shooting.

“Frankie is the first Massachusetts State Police canine killed in the line of duty,” the force’s chief, Colonel Christopher Mason, said Tuesday of the almost 11-year-old Belgian Malinois who was shot dead Tuesday in Fitchburg.

“Frankie had every trait we seek in a good law enforcement officer, canine or human: intelligence, immense courage, and dedication to protecting the public. He was as loyal a partner as any Trooper ever had,” Mason said of the 9-year veteran of the force.

“His sacrifice will never be forgotten,” he said, using police code for eternal peace for K-9s as he signed off, “Free time and Godspeed, Frankie.”

The highly-decorated police dog had been with his handler, Trooper David Stucenski, when they tried to bust a 38-year-old fugitive, Matthew Mack, who had been barricaded in a house for almost six hours.

Frankie was fatally shot by fugitive Matthew Mack.
Frankie was fatally shot by fugitive Matthew Mack.
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Frankie had served for Massachusetts State Police for nine years.
Frankie had served in Massachusetts State Police for nine years.
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 Frankie was shot when he and his handler Sergeant David Stucenski entered the home
Frankie was shot when he and his handler Sergeant David Stucenski entered the home.
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Mack — who was wanted for an earlier shooting — “fired multiple shots toward team members and struck Frankie,” Mason said, noting Stucenski escaped injury.

Squad members “immediately picked up Frankie and evacuated him from the scene to an ambulance,” but he was pronounced dead at a local animal hospital, the colonel said.

It was the first use of a new law that allows K-9s to get emergency treatment from ambulance crews, the chief noted.

Mack was later found dead “from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot,” Mason said. He had been wanted on warrants charging him with firearms offenses and accessory stemming from a shooting last Thursday, the colonel said without elaborating.

It was not the first time Frankie had been shot at during his “highly decorated” career, which included getting a Medal of Valor and Medal of Merit, the chief said.

Massachusetts State Trooper David Stucenski and his K-9, Frankie, attempted to arrest Matthew Mack who had barricaded himself.
Massachusetts State Trooper David Stucenski and his K-9, Frankie, attempted to arrest Matthew Mack who had barricaded himself.
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Frankie had an accomplished career with “hundreds of missions” completed, according to Massachusetts State Police.
Frankie had an accomplished career with “hundreds of missions” completed, according to Massachusetts State Police.
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The State Police Association of Massachusetts called Frankie’s service “short of incredible,” saying “he has participated in hundreds of missions and undoubtedly saved countless lives.”

“As K-9 Frankie did hundreds of times before, he placed himself between our members and a dangerous subject,” the union said.

“However, [Tuesday] this resulted in his ultimate sacrifice, something we will forever remember,” the association said, signing off: “End of Watch July 26, 2022.”

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