LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) --An emotional memorial service was held for a Long Beach Police K-9 killed in the line of duty.
Long Beach police officers and dozens of service dogs from across Southern California gathered Wednesday afternoon to mourn the loss of Credo.
"Credo's actions saved lives, making him a hero," Long Beach Police Department Chief Robert Luna said.
The K-9 was killed by friendly fire during a SWAT operation on June 28 while trying to apprehend an attempted murder suspect.
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Long Beach police and U.S. Marshals had cornered the suspect, 27-year-old Barry Prak of Long Beach, who officials said was wanted in connection with a 2014 gang shooting.
Following a barricade that lasted hours, authorities said Prak wouldn't comply and charged toward officers.
Credo was released and latched onto Prak's arm. Continuing to charge, police said Prak pulled a knife and a Long Beach officer opened fire.
Both Credo and Prak were killed.
"I want you to know that Credo did not retreat in the face of danger," Luna said. "He performed his duty with courage and honor."
The 4-year-old Belgian Malinois was involved in more than 30 apprehensions during his time at LBPD alongside his handler, Officer Mike Parcells, a 23-year veteran of the department.
Credo was the second dog Parcells' family has lost in the line of duty.
Since Credo's death, steps were now underway to improve the safety of the department's K-9 force.
The Long Beach K-9 Officer's Association will purchase eight improved safety vests for its K-9 squad, totaling nearly $30,000.
They will also buy a new K-9 partner for Parcells when he's ready.