PEMBROKE — Fallen Pembroke Police K9 officer Payne will be laid to rest Thursday at the home of his partner and handler Jason Hunt.
Payne, who specialized in drug detection, died Monday from complications related to injuries suffered in a shooting Nov. 18. His death and the details of services were reported on social media by Pembroke police and his family.
The graveside service will be held at noon at 4909 Deep Branch Road.
“Everyone is welcomed to attend! Law enforcement will line up for the procession at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Locklear and Son’s Funeral Home…the public is welcome to be waiting at the graveside at 12!” Pembroke police posted on their Facebook page today.
The 2-year-old Labrador Retriever was shot when Hunt stopped on Union Chapel Road for the dog to walk. Last week Pembroke Police Chief Grant Florita said it appeared Payne picked up a scent and ran toward Garden Street. Hunt then heard several gunshots before Payne came back limping, with flesh wounds on his left leg and ribs.
Payne underwent surgery, and spent a few days under care at Pembroke Veterinary Hospital before being taken home with a police escort.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing but no information on potential charges has been released.