K9 Gero

K9 Gero

Gainesville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, January 23, 1986

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K9 Gero was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect.

The subject had been observed burglarizing a law office by a plainclothes officer. Responding units surrounded the building and made an announcement for the man to surrender. When the man exited the building he was holding a gun and began shooting at the officers.

Gero was released to apprehend the subject but was shot twice and killed.


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun


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Thanks for the comments concerning Gero. He was a 4 yr old German Shepherd Male. I was his handler and he charged a burglary suspect after the suspect exited the building and fired at perimeter officers. Attacking the gun hand, he was in the process of taking the suspect down when the suspect pulled out of his pants pocket an additional gun and shot him point blank.

Michael L Pruitt Sergeant retired
Gainesville Fla Police Dept

July 16, 2020

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