Man charged with felony DUI for wreck that killed North Charleston K9

Richard Shore (Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

An arrest has been made in a North Charleston wreck that killed a K9 Officer.

S.C. Highway Patrol says 37-year-old Richard Shore was booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center Friday morning. He's been charged with felony DUI.

Highway Patrol says Shore was driving an SUV when he collided with the North Charleston Police Department cruiser around 9 p.m. on Rivers Avenue.

PFC Brandon VanAusdal and his K9 partner, Mojo, were inside the police vehicle, en route to a burglary call, according to the North Charleston Police Department.

VanAusdal was taken to MUSC for treatment of his injuries, which officials say are serious. Mojo was taken to an emergency vet clinic, but ultimately died from injuries suffered in the wreck, police say.

An impromptu funeral service was held early Friday morning for K9 Mojo at McCallister Funeral Home in West Ashley.

VanAusdal has been with NCPD since 2011, the department says. Mojo had served the department for five years.

Ryan MacCluen, an off-duty North Charleston Police officer riding a motorcycle also was killed Thursday night in a wreck on Ladson Road. A woman has been charged with felony DUI in connection to that wreck.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey released the following statement Friday morning regarding the wrecks:

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Officer Ryan MacCluen. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. The City of North Charleston is deeply saddened by this loss, as Ryan was a respected member of the North Charleston Police Department and a friend to many. He will be sincerely missed.
We too grieve for the loss of Mojo, a K9 of the department. Two-legged or four, all working in police service are considered officers. We wish Mojo's handler, Officer VanAusdal, a speedy recovery.
Any city support needed will be provided to our officers during this time of bereavement.
- North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey

"I ask that each of you keep the families of our beloved Brothers MacCluen and K9 MOJO in your thoughts and prayers," North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said in a news release. "And we pray for a full and speedy recovery for PFC VanAusdal. You can rest assured that the department, as well as the city, will be there for them during this difficult time."

Shore's bond hearing was held on Friday, February 16. It was set at $50,000.

(ABC News 4's Drew Tripp contributed information to this report)

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