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.
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.
You can watch Officer Koopman's video announcement below.