K9 King

K9 King

Clarksville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, May 22, 1978

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K9 King was shot and killed while protecting his handler after responding to a burglary in progress call.

As his handler approached the home the suspect emerged from a doorway, raised a shotgun, and fired. King immediately sprang up in front of his handler and took the entire blast.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 4
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun

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I met you when my GSD Rex was called home he is buried by you. We uncovered your grave and I fell in love with you before we even learned what a hero you were though your stone told me it was bad whatever happened. When I learned what happened I unofficially adopted you into my family, in fact, your picture hangs in my living room with my family I share your story with everyone as if I have known you forever. We have put a gorgeous cross, vase with flowers, wreath, lights, and a police blue light to honor you and for all to see how loved you are and to be welcomed to visit you. I WILL NEVER LET YOU BE FORGOTTEN! I WILL NEVER LET WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU BE IGNORED! YOU WERE JUST A BABY AND YOU STOOD AS BRAVE AS TALL AS STRONG AS ANY MAN I KNOW! GOD BLESS YOU KING AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY, LOYALTY, SACRIFICE!!!!! I will always be there at the cemetery taking care of you and talking to you and telling you I love you.

Traci Vallone

May 14, 2019

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