(Meredith) - A police K-9 officer in Pennsylvania died after falling down an elevator shaft while searching for burglary suspects, authorities said.
Officers with the Johnstown Police Department responded to a burglary at the old Goodwill warehouse in the Woodvale neighborhood just after 4 a.m. Sunday.
Police quickly apprehended two of the five suspects and dispatched the K-9 unit to help find the others.
During the search, K-9 Titan fell through an unsecured open elevator shaft on the fourth floor of the building and suffered fatal injuries, police said.
All five suspects were eventually taken into custody. Police identified them as 25-year-old Sean Robertson, 22-year-old Kayla McCarty, 27-year-old Derrick McCarty, 24-year-old Corey McCarty, and 52-year-old Robert McCarty.
K-9 Titan had "served honorably" with the Johnstown Police Department since 2014, Interim Chief Chad Miller said in a statement.
Cambria County District Attorney Greg Neugebauer also released a statement, noting that Titan "courageously died in the line of duty."
"Titan was loved and respected by the men and women who served alongside him, especially his handler Officer (Brian) Stevens," Neugebauer said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Stevens and his family, and to the entire JPD family during this difficult time."
Police escorted Titan from the Public Safety Building to the Hindman Funeral Home on Monday. The department also welcomed the public to line the streets of the procession route to pay their respects.