Alas, Scooby, the NYPD bloodhound who in 2007 helped find the men who shot and killed Officer Russel Timoshenko, 23, and wounded Officer Herman Yan, has died after suffering from an undisclosed illness. He was 10, which the Daily News points out is “70 in people years.”
Timoshenko and Yan were shot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, after stopping Dexter Bostic and Robert Ellis, who were in a stolen BMW. Bostic and Ellis escaped by getting a friend to drive them out of the city “but eventually got ditched near a highway in eastern Pennsylvania,” and were seen at a rest area before they fled into the woods near the highway. Three hundred cops and six other police dogs were involved in the search. Bostic was caught quickly, and then Ellis:
By 8 a.m., with help from Scooby, a U.S. Marshal spotted Ellis sitting up against a tree, ending one of the biggest manhunts the Poconos had ever seen.
R.I.P. Scooby — good dog.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 2, 2011