Virginia Sheriff’s K-9 Cara killed in the line of duty when she fell off bridge

At the Staunton City Sheriff’s Office, an explosives-detection K-9 officer was killed in the line of duty on Monday night while searching for a gun.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Cara was a three-year-old Labrador retriever who joined the force in 2018. Staunton City Sheriff Matt Robertson stated K-9 Officer Cara had been assisting the Skyline Drug Task Force on Old White Bridge Road in Augusta County after a suspect had allegedly thrown a gun away during a vehicle pursuit. Cara had been searching for the gun when she slipped and fell off of the bridge – approximately 50 feet.

Cara’s back was broken in the fall and was subsequently euthanized.

The driver, later identified as Brandi R. Campbell, 28, of Waynesboro, struck two law enforcement officers with her vehicle while they attempted to arrest the wanted passenger.  Campbell and Christopher Hoylman were taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

Campbell was charged by the Staunton Police Department with felony hit and run (two charges), felony assault on law enforcement (two charges), reckless driving, obstruction of justice, and felony eluding law enforcement. Additional charges related to the pursuit in the County are pending. Campbell is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail. The two law enforcement officers struck by Campbell’s vehicle sustained minor injuries.
The members of the Staunton Police Department offer their condolences to the
Staunton City Sheriff’s Office

, Captain R.M. Insana, and his family on the loss of K9 Cara. K9 Cara was a valued member of our law enforcement team and our officers will miss interacting with her at the courthouse. Thank you, K9 Cara, for your dedication and service to the citizens of Staunton.

Rest in peace Cara.

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