K9 Bandit

K9 Bandit

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, August 5, 1975

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K9 Bandit was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension following a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car.

Officers attempted to the vehicle in the area of Route 1 and Giles Run Road, but the vehicle fled southbound into the Woodbridge area of Prince William County. The occupants abandoned the vehicle at Railroad Street and fled on foot in a residential area. K9 Bandit was released to attempt an apprehension but was shot multiple times. Officers located K9 Bandit approximately 100 yards from where he was released.

He was taken to a veterinary hospital where he died several hours later.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun

k9 apprehension, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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Remembering Your Heroism. GOD Bless You Bandit

MDS. Rich Reeves (Retired) Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office

September 7, 2023

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