Cape Cod Mourns Slain Officer

"The sky was the limit for him..."
Officer Sean Gannon with Nero, his beloved K9 partner (Yarmouth Police photo)

Cape Cod is still in shock this morning after yesterday's death of Yarmouth Police K9 Officer Sean Gannon during a warrant service in Marstons Mills.  Last night a line of public safety officials escorted Officer Gannon's body from Cape Cod Hospital to the medical examiner's office in Pocasset as news helicopters chronicled the impressive show of support.

The tragedy unfolded yesterday afternoon at 102 Blueberry Lane in Marstons Mills, where police had gone to serve a warrant on Thomas M. Latanowich, a known career criminal.  According to reports, Latanowich allegedly opened fire and shot Officer Gannon and his K9 partner, Nero.  Officer Gannon was later pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.  Nero is reportedly under treatment at a veterinary hospital.

Speaking at a press conference last night, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said “Sean was a wonderful, wonderful young man, and I’m not just saying that. The sky was the limit for him. I’m going to miss him terrible. The department if going to miss him terribly,”

“I’m disgusted with what was dealt to Officer Gannon,” said Chief Frederickson.

Thirty-two-year-old Officer Gannon leaves his wife, Dara along with siblings and in-laws. Dara Gannon, a pillar of Cape Cod's philanthropic community, was recently promoted to Director of Programs and Donor Services at The Cape Cod Foundation.

Accused cop killer Latanowich has over 100 priors on his record.  His many previous arrests included a 2016 alleged stabbing in Yarmouth.  He will be arraigned in court today.

Governor Baker has ordered all flags in the state lowered until further notice.

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