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Fishers officer whose K-9 was killed is getting a new partner

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 19:04:40-05

FISHERS — The Fishers Police Department officer who's K-9, Harlej, was shot and killed during a pursuit last year is getting a new partner.
Officer Jared Koopman shared the announcement during a video post on his social media while he was pumping gas in his cruiser.

"This is where I always used to let Harlej out, let him run around and be a dog and have a good time with him, play fetch and stuff," Koopman said.

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He went on to say that he's been getting a lot of questions about whether or not he would be staying with the K-9 unit, and he wanted to share the announcement with everyone who's been supporting him over the past several months.

"I wanted to let everyone know that I am staying with the unit and I am actually going to go get a new K-9 partner at the end of the month," Koopman said. "I'll be gone for a little bit doing K-9 training. But I'm excited. I think it's a good time to get another partner and get back after it."

K-9 Harlej was killed during a manhunt for two suspects in the early morning hours of November 13. His death was the first line of duty death in the department's history.

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You can watch Officer Koopman's video announcement below.