Driver who hit, killed Charlotte County Sheriff’s K-9 likely won’t face charges

Monday morning North Port Police Department received a call that Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office K-9, Edo, had been found deceased less than a half-mile from his handler’s home.

North Port Police Department said the necropsy is complete and the initial findings are that K9-Edo was hit by a vehicle.

A neighbor discovered the dog while walking her own. The location is near the cross street of Velvet Lane and Cranberry Boulevard. CCSO had been looking for the dog since Saturday night when Edo was reported missing from his cage.

Edo’s handler says the dog was in a crate in the garage and door was closed, but the garage door open.

It’s unknown at this time how Edo got out, or was removed, from the kennel. The North Port Police Department is continuing their investigation.

According to the North Port Police Department, the driver who hit and killed Edo will most likely not face charges for the K-9’s death. Unless the person deminstrated “gross recklessness” or “intent,” neither of which they say is likely.

Sheriff Bill Prummell thanked the community for their support in the search.

“This was not the outcome we had hoped for, and our thoughts and prayers are with the handler and his family at this time,” Prummell said.

Edo has served the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for two years.

K-9 Edo was taken away draped in an American flag.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office shared their condolences on Facebook:

Condolences to our brothers and sisters with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office as they mourn the loss of K9 Edo. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
RIP K9 Edo.

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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story CCSO provided an incorrect date Edo went missing. He went missing Saturday.

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