Teen arrested, two sought for armed burglary and shooting ex-police dog

Trio targeted FHP trooper's West Palm Beach home

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A 16-year-old armed burglary suspect was arrested, two more were being sought, and a retired police dog was clinging to life after a break-in Sunday at a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's home near West Palm Beach, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's detectives.

The burglary happened around 10 p.m. at a home near Jog Road and Belvedere Road, investigators said.

The trooper was not home at the time but a German Shepherd that lived there started barking during the break-in. One of the suspects shot through the sliding glass door several times, wounding the former police dog named Drake, according to the arrest report.

The suspects then entered through a back window and encountered the wounded, whimpering dog in the master bedroom. One suspect shot Drake again and left him for dead before they all ran away, the report stated.

One of the three juvenile suspects was arrested on Wednesday for the armed burglary and felony cruelty to animals. He was already on probation for burglary and grand theft, records show.

Drake was battling to survive his wounds but took a turn for the worse Wednesday evening, investigators said.

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