Jonesboro police K9 Gabo returns to duty

Gabo cleared to return to duty. (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept. via Facbook)
Gabo cleared to return to duty. (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept. via Facbook)(Jonesboro Police Dept. via Facbook)
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019 at 5:00 AM CST
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K9 Officer Gabo, who was shot during a standoff, has been cleared to return to duty.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro K-9 officer Gabo is back on duty.

On Tuesday, Gabo was re-certified in drug detection and patrol work and cleared to return to the streets with his handler Erik Johnson.

“I don’t think there’s anybody more excited than Gabo about getting to come back to work,” said Sgt. Lyle Waterworth. “The dog is an amazing animal. He works hard and that’s what he wants to do. He wants to be here and he wants to serve the citizens of Jonesboro.”

Gabo was shot several times during a police standoff in December 2018.

“Hated every bit of what happened, but the community got involved, community got awareness of what our units do and it helped not only here but around all of northeast Arkansas,” said Sgt. Waterworth.

Gabo received the K9 Medal of Valor from the K9s of Valor organization as part of their Top 10 K9s of the year award.

Gabo’s story sparked donations for bulletproof vests for the rest of the JPD K9 unit.

But for Gabo, it was another day on the job... and Johnson says he’s been ready to get back to work ever since.

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