K9 Rico

K9 Rico

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Sunday, March 26, 2017


K9 Rico was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a suspect following a pursuit in Wasilla.

The driver of the vehicle led troopers on a 45-minute pursuit after they attempted to stop him for traffic violations. The subject had several outstanding warrants.

Troopers were able to disable the vehicle with spike strips near mile 45 on Parks Highway. K9 Rico was deployed when the man fled and refused to follow commands. The subject opened fire on Rico, killing him, before being shot and killed by the troopers.

K9 Rico had served with the Alaska State Troopers for only six months.


  • Breed Dutch Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

k9 apprehension, vehicle pursuit, warrant

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Our thoughts are with the men and women who have grown close to and worked with this special member of your agency.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 12, 2017

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