The Horry County Police Department is mourning the loss of an agency police dog that was fatally struck by a car.
K-9 Emma served the department since 2018 and was trained to detect explosive ordnance.
After returning home with her handler Sgt. Craig Hutchinson Tuesday, she ran into a residential road and was struck by a car.
The dog served as part of the HCPD's special operations division.
Hutchinson and K-9 Emma also participated in school visits and community engagement events.
“A loss like this affects us all," Horry County Police Chief Joe Hill said in a statement. "K-9s serve beside our officers every day — they are as much a part of this department and community as anyone else. Emma will be missed and remembered just as the K-9s who passed before her are.”