On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, a Long Beach Police Service Dog was shot during a SWAT call-out involving a barricaded suspect, wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon investigation, and later died.
K-9 “Credo” was transported to a veterinarian hospital by his handler, Officer Mike Parcells. Despite life-saving efforts, Credo succumbed to injuries sustained during the incident. Credo was a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who served the Long Beach Police Department for two years. During his time on the streets alongside Officer Parcells, Credo worked Patrol and Narcotics, and was involved in over 30 apprehensions.
Officer Parcells is a 23-year veteran of the department and has been a K-9 handler for 16 years. Credo is the second dog that Officer Parcells has lost in the line of duty. On October 2, 2005, at approximately 11:15 p.m., his K-9 partner "Ranger" was shot during a SWAT call out in the 1200 block of Loma Vista Avenue. Ranger was severely injured, having sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, and died during surgery. Ranger was also a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who served the L.B.P.D. and the community for two years.
Information regarding a memorial service for Credo will be announced once arrangements have been finalized. Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so by visiting the L.B.P.D. K-9 Association’s website at www.lbk9oa.org. Cards can be sent to Officer Parcells as follows:
Officer Mike Parcells
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Long Beach Police Department appreciates the outpouring of support from our local community, across the nation, and our law enforcement partners.