The Winchester Police Department has received a tremendous outpouring of support from communities near and far after K-9 Officer Kota was injured in the line of duty. We would like to thank everyone who has sent and posted messages in support of Kota and our department. We have received a number of inquiries about where donations for Kota’s treatment may be sent. Checks may be mailed to:
Winchester/Frederick County Law Enforcement Foundation
231 East Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Please indicate on the check that it’s for: Kota.
On Friday, January 3, 2014 officers responded to the 900 block of Franklin Street just after 9 p.m. in reference to a security check. Officers were told that two people were seen walking through a back yard and flashing lights were seen moving through a house. It was known that the owner of the house was not home because earlier in the week he was arrested by the Winchester Police Department. An officer found a door to the house that was open and requested that a K-9 officer respond to the scene. Corporal B. N. Kotynski-Neer responded with K-9 Officer Kota. The suspects were hiding in a crawl space and as Kota was assisting in apprehending one of them, he fell through the floor to the first floor of the residence. Kota sustained a broken leg from the fall. Even after his injury, Kota showed his dedication to his work and his fellow officers by attempting to continue to assist them. He was taken to a veterinary clinic and will be undergoing surgery. “We are thankful to Kota and for his heroic service in protecting our officers and the community. He and the officers with him faced a challenge and risk similar to those officers face every day and performed in a manner that makes us proud. The members of the WPD will do whatever it takes to make sure that the team of Kota and Cpl. Kotynski-Neer get to return to duty together as quickly as possible,” says Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher.
Officers arrested Mitchell Statler Brown, 19, of Winchester and Robert Stanley Crosen, III, 35, of Winchester. Brown and Crosen were charged with burglary. Brown was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention and Crosen was taken to Winchester Medical Center. The incident remains under investigation.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lauren.Cummings@winchesterva.gov