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NJ State Trooper and K-9 Honored for Heroic Efforts During the Arrest of a Knife-Wielding Man

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Trenton NJ, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan joined Trooper I Matthew Cocking and his K-9 partner, Creed, at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Annual Awards Banquet where they were honored for assisting with the arrest of a knife-wielding subject.

On August 16, troopers from Bellmawr Station responded to the report of a shirtless, knife-wielding man standing outside of his vehicle on Interstate 295 in Bellmawr Borough.
When troopers arrived, the male entered his vehicle and drove away. Troopers attempted to stop him, but the suspect refused to pull over and fled, eventually entering onto the New Jersey Turnpike.
During the ensuing pursuit, the vehicle became disabled and troopers ordered the driver to exit the vehicle, but he refused.
K-9 Creed was deployed to assist troopers by entering the vehicle to apprehend the suspect but the man stabbed K-9 Creed with a knife.
Trooper Cocking removed his injured partner from the vehicle, at which time the suspect exited the vehicle as well. After a brief struggle with the troopers on scene, the suspect was arrested.
K-9 Creed made a full recovery after the incident and has returned to work.


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