DETROIT, MI – On Sunday July 25th, 2021, at approximately 1:05 AM, a MSP Canine unit had Southbound M-10, the Lodge Freeway, & Linwood closed due to flooding. The patrol car was positioned across all lanes of the freeway ramping off traffic. The freeway had been closed for several hours.
At approximately 1:05 AM, the canine unit activated his emergency tone and advised he had just been hit. The trooper advised the suspect vehicle was also in flames. Detroit Fire arrived on scene and began treating the severely injured passengers of the suspect vehicle.
The suspect vehicle occupants were transported to a local hospital. At this time it appears the suspect vehicle was traveling at freeway speed and hit the MSP Tahoe. The trooper sustained non life threatening injuries to his legs.
The driver of the suspect vehicle is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol. He has serious injuries. The female front seat passenger has critical injuries. The female rear seat passenger also has serious injuries.
MSP Canine Rex was transported to Blue Pearl animal hospital in Southfield for severe spine and leg injuries. K9 Rex later died as the result of his injuries.
Troopers and the MSP Crash Reconstruction team are investigating the crash and have obtained a blood draw which will be tested for alcohol.
MSP Canine Rex was a member of the Metro South Post and was known for his determination in searching for suspects and articles. He was a tremendous partner to his handler and was an asset to the post.