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14 K-9's Have Died in the Line of Duty in 2022


K9 Beni | Heflin Police Department, Alabama
Heflin Police Department, Alabama

K9 Beni

Heflin Police Department, AL

EOW: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Cause: Struck by vehicle

K9 Beni was struck and killed by a passing vehicle while conducting an open air narcotics sniff during a traffic stop on I-20 near mile marker 199 at about 7:45 pm.

K9 Beni had served with the Heflin Police Department for five years.

K9 Jedi | Seattle Police Department, Washington
Seattle Police Department, Washington

K9 Jedi

Seattle Police Department, WA

EOW: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Cause: Stabbed

K9 Jedi was stabbed to death while attempting an apprehension of a burglary suspect in the 2200 block of South Eddy Street at about 2:45 pm.

A resident in the home called 911 to report a subject armed with a machete was attempting to break in. Responding units encountered the subject who then fled on foot. Officers pursued him to the 6700 block of Swift Avenue South where K9 Jedi was released to perform an apprehension. The man fatally stabbed K9 Jedi during the apprehension and then stabbed an officer in the face before being shot and killed.

K9 Nitro II | York County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

K9 Nitro II

York County Sheriff's Department, NE

EOW: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Cause: Vehicular assault

K9 Nitro II was killed in a vehicle crash when a subject stole her handler's vehicle and intentionally drove into another car and a passing train on Delaware Avenue near 19th Street.

Deputies had responded to a vehicle driving erratically around 11:00 pm and attempted a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit with speeds exceeding 100 mph. The subject suddenly stopped and exited his vehicle. He disobeyed officers' commands, concealed his hands, and stated he wanted to die. He was able to get into the patrol car containing Nitro II and fled.

The stolen patrol vehicle stopped on the railroad tracks as a train approached. As soon as the train was close, the suspect proceeded north, and the oncoming train blocked the officers on the south side of the tracks. The man drove a short distance away, turned around, and headed back towards the train at a high rate of speed. He intentionally drove into a bystander's vehicle, pushing it into the train and killing its driver and K9 Nitro II. The subject was also killed in the crash.

K9 Nitro II had served with the York County Sheriff's Department for six months.

K9 Maya | West Jordan Police Department, Utah
West Jordan Police Department, Utah

K9 Maya

West Jordan Police Department, UT

EOW: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Cause: Gunfire

K9 Maya was shot and killed at 11400 S. Redwood Road, in South Jordan, at about 7:00 pm while attempting an apprehension of an armed man who had been the subject of an eight-hour-long manhunt.

At 11:00 am, the West Jordan Police Department received a report that a man had assaulted a woman and was holding her at gunpoint. The woman was able to escape, and while the man chased her, officers were able to intervene and rescue her. The man then entered a vehicle and led officers on a vehicle pursuit. Due to safety considerations, the officers terminated the pursuit. They located him a short time later, and another pursuit ensued but was also terminated for safety reasons.

Officers contacted the suspect by phone. The man pretended to surrender but then fled again, starting another pursuit. Spike strips were successfully deployed causing the vehicle to come to a stop. The man then exited the car and fired at officers. K9 Maya was struck and transported to a surgical center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officers returned fire and killed the subject.

K9 Maya had served with the West Jordan Police Department for six years.

K9 Ciro | Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee
Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

K9 Ciro

Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, TN

EOW: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Cause: Fire

K9 Ciro died after his handler's patrol car experienced an electrical failure that resulted in a fire igniting in the dashboard.

The patrol car was parked at the Humphreys County Courthouse while K9 Ciro's handler was attending court. A citizen alerted nearby deputies, who suffered second-degree burns while attempting to rescue K9 Ciro.

K9 Ciro had served with the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office for four years and was certified as a patrol and narcotics canine.

K9 Dash | Shepherdsville Police Department, Kentucky

K9 Dash

Shepherdsville Police Department, KY

EOW: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Cause: Gunfire

K9 Dash was shot and killed while conducting a track of a robbery suspect in Lebanon Junction at about 9:30 pm.

Officers and deputies had responded to a robbery of a store on Preston Highway. As the first officers arrived the suspect opened fire on them and fled on foot. K9 Dash was brought to the scene and started a track of the suspect. As K9 Dash and his handler turned a blind corner the suspect opened fire on them, shooting Dash. Other officers returned fire and critically wounded the suspect.

K9 Major | Franklin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
Franklin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

K9 Major

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, NC

EOW: Sunday, April 10, 2022

Cause: Gunfire

K9 Major was shot and killed while attempting the apprehension of an armed robbery suspect in Granville County, North Carolina.

A subject involved in the armed carjacking of a vehicle the previous afternoon was located hiding in the crawl space of a home on Richard Lane in Oxford. Members of the Granville County Sheriff's Office established a perimeter around the home and requested assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office's Special Response Team.

K9 Major was released into the crawl space to apprehend the subject. The man fired two shots at K9 Major with an AK-47 rifle, killing him, before exiting the crawl space and surrendering.

K9 Major had served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for three years.

K9 Jinx | El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

K9 Jinx

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, CO

EOW: Monday, April 11, 2022

Cause: Gunfire

K9 Jinx was shot and killed when responding to a call of a person brandishing a firearm at the 900 block of Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs at 11 p.m.

When El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputies and Manitou Springs Police Officers arrived on the scene, shots were exchanged. Jinx was killed on the scene.

The suspect was shot and killed.

K9 Mina | United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

K9 Mina

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, US

EOW: Monday, May 2, 2022

Cause: Animal related

K9 Mina succumbed to a rattlesnake bite sustained the previous day while she and her handler were searching for a group of illegal aliens along the railroad tracks near the intersection of Carriers Drive and I-35 Frontage Road in Laredo, Texas.

She was walking in and out of tall grass when she sustained two bites from a rattlesnake. She was transported to an emergency veterinarian where she passed away the following morning.

K9 Mina had served with the United States Border Patrol for four years.

K9 Drago | Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida
Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

K9 Drago

Columbia County Sheriff's Office, FL

EOW: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Cause: Heatstroke

K9 Drago died after showing signs of heatstroke during a training exercise at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park at 5815 Battlefield Trail Road in Sanderson.

He was transported to the veterinarian clinic and succumbed to heatstroke the next day.

K9 Drago had served with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office for five years

K9 Exo | Pascagoula Police Department, Mississippi
Pascagoula Police Department, Mississippi

K9 Exo

Pascagoula Police Department, MS

EOW: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Cause: Gunfire

K9 Exo was shot and killed in the Helena area of Jackson County while tracking a suspect involved in a shooting earlier in the day.

His handler had responded to the area to assist other agencies search for the man in a wooded area near Aster Street and Larkspur Street. As the man was located, he opened fire on K9 Exo and his handler. K9 Exo was struck twice during the shooting. His handler returned fire and wounded the man.

K9 Exo was transported to a veterinary hospital, where he died from his wounds.

K9 Exo had served with the Pascagoula Police Department for nine months. His badge number was 161.

K9 Odin | Virginia State Police, Virginia
Virginia State Police, Virginia

K9 Odin

Virginia State Police, VA

EOW: Sunday, June 26, 2022

Cause: Fire

K9 Odin died of smoke inhalation after a fire started in his handler's patrol car.

His handler had stopped at the Virginia State Police Area Office in Buckingham County while on patrol and Odin remained crated in the patrol car. A fire sparked inside of the vehicle and K9 Odin suffered severe smoke inhalation. He was transported by ambulance to an emergency veterinary clinic in Farmville but died later in the evening.

K9 Odin had served with the Virginia State Police for three years.

K9 Cannon | Fountain Valley Police Department, California
Fountain Valley Police Department, California

K9 Cannon

Fountain Valley Police Department, CA

EOW: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Cause: Heatstroke

K9 Cannon died after showing signs of heatstroke while participating in a training exercise at 1500 Raymond Avenue in Fullerton.

He was transported to the local Emergency Animal Hospital, where he succumbed to heatstroke that evening.

K9 Cannon had served with the Fountain Valley Police Department for three years. He was five years old.

K9 Drago | Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky
Floyd County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

K9 Drago

Floyd County Sheriff's Office, KY

EOW: Thursday, June 30, 2022

Cause: Gunfire

K9 Drago died after showing signs of heatstroke during a training exercise at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park at 5815 Battlefield Trail Road in Sanderson.

He was transported to the veterinarian clinic and succumbed to heatstroke the next day.

K9 Drago had served with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office for five years.

 

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