In 2007, 23-year-old NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko was gunned down during a traffic stop in Brooklyn.
To honor the officer, an NYPD K-9 was named after him. And this weekend, K-9 Timoshenko nabbed four criminals just two-and-a-half blocks from where his namesake was murdered.
The Brooklyn South Gang Unit pulled over a car with heavily tinted windows and a cover on the license plate. After finding marijuana in the car, the driver and three passengers were arrested, and the car was brought to the precinct for further inspection.
That’s when K-9 Timoshenko stepped in.
Timoshenko immediately alerted the officers when he about the driver’s side door panel, grabbing the loose arm rest and ripping it off the panel. Inside the door panel, detectives found a loaded Glock 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen in Haverstraw, New York, and a loaded Smith & Wesson 9MM semi-automatic handgun. The two weapons had high capacity magazines.
The NYPD charged the four men with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and unlawful possession of marijuana. The driver was also charged with equipment violations and a license plate violation.