K9 Will

K9 Will

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Monday, October 23, 2017


K9 Will was accidentally shot and killed by his handler while defending himself against an attack by a Pitbull while assisting with a search warrant in the town of Greig.

As officers approached the home, on Woodcreek Road, the Pitbull emerged from the home and charged at K9 Will and his handler. His handler discharged one round, striking the Pitbull. The round then ricocheted off the gravel driveway and struck K9 Will in the stomach.

His handler transported him to a nearby veterinary clinic where he passed away.

K9 Will had served with the New York State Police for six months. He was named after Trooper William Doyle, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 14th, 1967.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)

crossfire, search warrant

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What’s the odds. Poor Will. Bless these K9s for the great job they do to protect our officers and masters. Heart breaking to hear this even happened.

Husband and grandpa Richard Strasbaugh
Non police just a supporter

February 17, 2018

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