The Yarmouth K9 Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty in Barnstable Thursday afternoon has been identified.
Authorities said around 2:30 p.m. is when 32-year-old Yarmouth Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while serving a warrant at 109 Blueberry Lane in Marstons Village.
Officer Gannon was taken to Cape Cod Hosptial where he was later pronounced dead. His K9 partner was also injured in the incident.
The suspect, who has been identified as Thomas Latanowich of Somerville, was taken into custody within hours after the incident, police said.
A Cape Islands District Attorney Spokesperson told Western Mass News Latanowich is being charged with murder. Latanowich will be arraigned in First District Court of Barnstable.
WCVB reports Gannon joined the Yarmouth Police Department in December 2010 and became the department's first full-time drug detection K9 patrol officer in December 2011.
Western Mass News also learned Officer Gannon graduated from Westfield State University.
Police departments throughout the state are offering their condolences to the members of the Yarmouth Police Department.
"With a heavy heart, our condolences go out tonight to our brothers and sisters of the Yarmouth Police Dept. and to Officer Sean Gannon's family and friends. We are also praying tonight for the recovery of Officer Gannon's K9 partner, who was also injured in today's tragic incident." Massachusetts State Police wrote.
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