Officer's wake, funeral set for this week

Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon (Massachusetts State Police photo)

Funeral arrangements for a Cape Cod police officer who was killed in the line of duty have been made public.

Yarmouth K-9 Patrol Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed Thursday while serving an arrest warrant in Barnstable. Gannon was a native of New Bedford and a graduate of Bishop Stang High School.

A wake is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the same church.

Gannon's dog, K-9 Nero, was wounded, but is recovering at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay after surgery.

"The bullet basically entered under his jaw, came through the trachea, through the esophagus and then landed on the other shoulder,” said Louisa Rahilly of Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists said. "He's starting to eat. The biggest struggle we are having right now medically is that he's having some arrhythmia in his heart. That is just after a shock event."

Former Yarmouth K-9 handler Peter McClelland has been at Nero's side since the shooting.

McClelland has known Nero since he was a puppy and introduced him to Gannon.

"Sean was the perfect match for this dog -- personality-wise,” McClelland said. “Sean was very laid-back guy and Nero had more of a wild side. It was a perfect match, and it was instant."

The man accused of fatally shooting Gannon, Thomas Latanowich, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Friday.

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