Slain Yarmouth Officer Sean Gannon was New Bedford Native

The scene outside of Cape Cod Hospital

A man described by authorities as a career criminal is heading to court to face a murder charge in the shooting death of a MA police officer.

Gannon's K9 partner was also injured during the shooting and was rushed to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

Yarmouth Police say the K-9 wounded in the shooting that killed Officer Sean Gannon is "fighting to stay alive".

Officer Sean Gannon of the Yarmouth Police Department in MA was shot and killed while serving a warrant at a home in Cape Cod.

Our honest condolences to his wife, extended family, Yarmouth Police Department, and the many Westfield State University alumni and citizens of MA whom Sean positively impacted during his time here at Westfield State and his career in law enforcement. Support for Gannon's family and the Yarmouth Police Department flooded in online, especially from police and fire departments throughout New England. Flags are also flying at half-staff in his honor.

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"MA is blessed to have courageous men & women who put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day", he continued.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted that he was "heartbroken" after hearing about the officer's death and said his thoughts and prayers were with Gannon's "family, loved ones and the @yarmouthpolice after this tragic loss".

A police officer on Cape Cod, Mass., was fatally shot Thursday whereas serving a warrant, and a suspect was in custody, native media reported.

A police spokesperson said Nero "is still fighting to stay alive" and they're asking that people please "pray for him". We're going to miss him terribly. "Our department is going to miss him terribly".

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