NCPD K9 and Officer Killed in Separate Accidents Thursday Night

February 16, 2018, 9:23 am EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — An off-duty North Charleston Police Officer and a K-9 were both killed Thursday night in two separate accidents.

The first accident happened on Rivers Avenue near Aviation Avenue around 8:30 p.m.

Officials say a North Charleston Police K9 Unit was headed north with its sirens on when a black GMC SUV turned from the median and slammed into the police SUV.

Serious damage to both vehicles left pieces scattered across Rivers Avenue, which had to be shut down until after midnight.

We are told the officer was hurt in that violent crash and taken to a local hospital. We are still waiting to hear more about his condition.

The driver of that black SUV, 37-year-old Richard Shore, was arrested for felony DUI as a result of that crash.

Unfortunately, the K9 named Mojo, did not survive the crash. He was taken to a funeral home in West Ashley where a number of officers gathered to mourn the loss of that department’s service dog.

The manager of that funeral home told us it was a very solemn, very sad scene.

We also learned an off duty North Charleston police officer was killed in a separate accident which happened around 9:40 p.m. in Ladson.

That officer was identified as 31-year-old Ryan MacCluen of Summerville. He was taken to Summerville Medical Center where he died, according to Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers.

We are told the off duty officer was riding his personal motorcycle and was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.

Our team has since learned Whitney Brooks has been charged with felony DUI. She is due in bond court at 9:30 a.m.

MacCluen was taken to MUSC for an autopsy. Officers gathered there at the hospital to pay their respects to their fallen brother.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey sent out a statement on Friday saying in part: “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of officer Ryan MacCluen. You remain in our thoughts and praters … We, too, grieve for the loss of Mojo, a K9 of the department.”