Ape was a two-year old German Shepherd, who joined the FBI in February of 2013, after completing a four month training course. Ape was on his second mission, accompanying FBI agents, who were attempting to arrest Kurt Meyers. Meyers, who had gone on a shooting spree in the towns of Herkimer and Mohawk, in upper New York State, wounded six people, four of whom later died. Meyers then hid in an abanconed bar. Wearing a camera and leading the FBI agents, Ape charged into the building and was shot by Meyers, who was then shot by the agents. Ape was rushed to a veterinarian but died from his wounds. Said Special Agent Ann Todd: "Ape was very talented, excelled in every aspect of the training, and quickly rose to the top of his class. He was truly a star and shined in so many ways."
A plaque mounted beneath his painting quotes Robert Green Ingersoll -
"When duty throws the gauntlet down to fate
When honor scorns to compromise with death
That is heroism."