Police identify Texas man in police dog's fatal stabbing

A funeral service has been scheduled for the Oklahoma City police dog.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm •  Published: August 27, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City police Sgt. Ryan Stark is shown in February working with K-9 officer Kye while demonstrating the training involved for police dogs. Kye died Monday after being stabbed Sunday.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Ryan Stark is shown in February working with K-9 officer Kye while demonstrating the training involved for police dogs. Kye died Monday after being stabbed Sunday. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman Archives

Oklahoma City police Tuesday identified the man fatally shot by an officer Sunday night as he stabbed the officer’s canine partner.

Police also announced funeral plans for the police dog, Kye, a 3-year-old German shepherd.

Sgt. Ryan Stark shot Mark Salazar, 22, of Blue Mound, Texas, after Salazar fled from the scene of a robbery and stabbed Kye when the dog caught up to him. Stark fired after trying to separate Salazar from the dog, police said.

Police said they think Salazar also led an officer on a short chase Sunday afternoon after witnesses reported he left Kevin Durant’s Southern Cuisine restaurant without paying his bill. The chase ended in traffic on Reno Avenue, according to a police report.

Salazar recently pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and resisting arrest in Tarrant County, Texas, according to court documents. He spent about a week in the Tarrant County jail in early August for the two misdemeanors.

Kye suffered multiple stab wounds and underwent emergency surgery. He experienced complications after surgery and died about 3:30 p.m. Monday, police said. The dog had about two years of service with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Services for Kye will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church, 6400 S Sooner Road. The public service will be conducted with full police honors.

He will be cremated, said Linda McCullough, owner of Precious Pets Cemetery.

Stark, a 13-year veteran, was put on administrative leave pending the outcome of standard criminal and administrative investigations by the police department.

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