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K9 Ivan | Tucson Police Department, Arizona Tucson Police Department, Arizona

K9 Ivan

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: Belgian Malinois

Origin: Czech Republic

Age: 2

Gender: M

Tour: 6 months

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/12/2012

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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K9 Ivan was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a carjacking suspect near the intersection of 2nd Street and Stewart Avenue at about 11:00 pm.

Ivan's handler spotted the truck within minutes of the carjacking and attempted to stop it, but the driver fled. The vehicle crashed following a short pursuit and several officers, including K9 Ivan, pursued him on foot. Both K9 Ivan and the subject were shot and killed during the ensuing confrontation.

Ivan was transported to a local animal hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

K9 Ivan had served as a patrol certified canine with the Tucson Police Department for six months.

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His home dog park in southeastern Tucson, within Purple Heart Park, was renamed in his honor Ivan's Spot.

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August 13, 2015


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