HEMET (CBSLA.com) — Riverside County residents turned out Saturday to remember Sultan, the San Jacinto police dog who died in the line of duty earlier this week.

Sultan was a 2-year-old shepherd mix who served with the San Jacinto Police Department since late 2013, and was the city’s lone K-9 officer.

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Sultan was shot and killed by an armed suspect after being sent into a crawl space during a lengthy standoff Wednesday night near Hemet, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The 36-year-old suspect was later shot and killed by police.

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The memorial was held Saturday afternoon at Gibbel Park in Hemet.

“It’s devastating that such a wonderful animal, especially Sultan, he was a beautiful dog, just a beautiful spirit,” event organizer Trevor Montgomery told KCAL9’s Bobby Kaple on Saturday. “Young, still new in his career,  it’s just devastating.”

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Kaple reported that Deputy Mark Wallace, who was Sultan’s partner, did not attend the memorial because he is still grieving Sultan’s death. A formal funeral service will be held for Sultan in the next few months.