Questions remain after death of retired police K-9 'Drake'

Global outcry is building over the fatal shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -  Drake, a retired police dog, was shot while his owner, a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, was away from his home. Days after the incident, Drake died.  

Newly released documents from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office detail what may have happened the night of November 18. 

And questions remain about the suspect - a 16-year old - accused of armed burglary and animal cruelty.

"The greatest thing was, he's got an ankle monitor," said PBSO Det. Philip DeMola last week, as investigators revealed that the suspect was already on probation and was wearing an ankle monitoring device. "It showed all the pinpoint, everything all around the house, all inside the house," said DeMola. 

The Department of Juvenile Justice is now looking into whether 3M, the company contracted to electronically track the suspect, took all of the appropriate steps to do just that.  

As the investigation into what happened and the decisions about what will happen continue,  the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office is being inundated with messages about this case from all around the world. 

Phone calls, mail and e-mails are being sent in large numbers to the office from as far away as Thailand. One of those messages was sent from Laura Scharlow, of Illinois. 

"The violence, damage and heartbreak around the world that they have already caused calls for nothing less," wrote Scharlow. "Drake's soul cries out for justice. Please do not let his death be in vain."

Samuel Miller heads up the State Attorney's Office Animal Cruelty Unit. 

"This animal used to work in public service, public safety and protect people and he was murdered for no reason," said Miller.

A decision should be made by next week if the teen suspect should be charged as an adult. 

Miller said that Drake's owner, Trooper Bobby Boody remained distraught.

According to Florida law, electronic monitoring devices  for juveniles provide a 24-hour alert and tracking ability if home detention is broken. When the alert is triggered, the monitor company tries to call the juvenile  to find out what is happening. If the phone call is unanswered, a juvenile probation officer is alerted and tries to make phone contact.  If that does not occur, an officer is sent to physically locate the juvenile.

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