K9 Asko

K9 Asko

Redding Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, May 19, 1981

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K9 Asko died after falling from the roof of the Shasta County Jail while searching for five escaped inmates.

Five inmates escaped from the Shasta County Jail and fled to the roof to make the final escape from the facility. The inmates were reported to be armed. The roof of the jail is surrounded by a three-foot perimeter wall and there are numerous air conditioning units and many other places the escapees could hide. K9 Asko was assigned to search the roof for the escapees. As Asko was searching he picked up a scent. He made his way across the roof and followed the scent by jumping over the three-foot wall and falling three stories to his death.

K9 Asko had served with the Redding Police Department for two years. During his service, K9 Akso was responsible for over 60 arrests and 25 justified street bites.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour 3 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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December 10, 2012

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