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K9 Billy | Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

K9 Billy

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 6, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: German Shepherd

Origin: Germany

Age: Not available

Gender: M

Tour: Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/6/1988

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Suspect: Convicted of multiple charges

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K9 Billy was shot and killed while apprehending a fleeing subject. Billy's handler had pursued a suspicious vehicle leaving a closed business, and multiple subjects fled the vehicle after a short pursuit. K9 Billy tackled the driver of the vehicle and was shot multiple times before his handler was able to reach him. Billy was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic where he succumbed to his wounds.

The suspect, a parolee with several outstanding warrants, was captured a week later and was sentenced to a maximum of 11 years and 8 months in prison. As a result of K9 Billy's death, the California legislature passed a law making the death or injury of a police canine a felony.

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