A Chula Vista police officer embraces Griffen, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, before the K9 officer passed away over the weekend.

Authorities in Southern California were mourning one of their four-legged crime fighting partners who died Friday.

The Chula Vista Police Department said Griffen, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, suffered from an undisclosed medical condition.

Griffen’s handler, Officer Curtis Chancellor, his handler’s family and other members of the department’s K9 program were present when he passed, police said.

The department posted a photo on Twitter of Griffen’s handler giving an emotional last goodbye, embracing the dog with both of his arms.

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