Deputy sheriff hailed hero in Taunton rampage mourns K-9 officer

Plymouth County Deputy Sheriff James Creed and K-9 Rony. (Plymouth County Sheriff's Department)

The Plymouth County deputy sheriff who was hailed a hero in a Taunton rampage is mourning his K-9 officer.

Lt. James Creed recently had to put down K-9 Rony, according to authorities.

"Sending our thoughts and prayers to our friends at @PlymouthSheriff," the Bristol Sheriff Department noted on Twitter on Wednesday. "County K9 Lt. (Paul) Douglas called Lt. Creed and Rony 'a great team.' God Bless Rony and his family, the Creeds.

In May 2016, Creed shot and killed Arthur DaRosa, who fatally stabbed Patricia Slavin, an 80-year-old woman, in her Myricks Street home. He then crashed a car into the entrance of Macy's at the Silver City Galleria, where he assaulted three women.

Authorities said he attacked a waitress before George Heath, who was having dinner with his wife, intervened and was also fatally stabbed.

Creed was at the restaurant with his wife, Laura, when he intervened.

While the Creeds declined several requests to be interviewed, they released a public statement shortly after the incident.

"First, we want to extend our sympathies and condolences to all of the individuals and families affected by the events on May 10. This was in every way a senseless tragedy, and one that we wish had never occurred. My wife and I will be forever impacted by the events of Tuesday night," a statement from the Creeds said.

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