K9 Urk

K9 Urk

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, January 18, 2003


K9 Urk was shot and killed after he and his handler responded to a shots fired call in the Vista area of the county.

As they arrived at the scene the subject immediately opened fire with a shotgun, shooting into the patrol car six times. Urk, who was riding in the front seat, was shot and killed. An Explorer was on a ride along with Urk's handler, was shot in the elbow.

The subject was arrested the following day and charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of injuring a police dog, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to three life terms.

K9 Urk had served with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for three years. He had assisted in over 1,200 arrests and had apprehended 33 suspects.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you Urk for your service and for exceeding as a K9! As I have been told, you were one of the best dogs in the world. I can imagine that you are in a better place now. We will always remember you for all the good and awesome things you did.

Leo Cruz
High School Student

May 2, 2017

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