K9 Hunter

K9 Hunter

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, April 17, 1996

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K9 Hunter was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a subject who was seen carrying a rifle in the 2900 block of East Cactus Road.

When officers attempted to make contact with the man, he ran into the yards of the adjoining houses. K9 Hunter gave pursuit but was shot five times at point blank range by the man, who was armed with a Mini-14. Despite the wounds, Hunter was able to bite the subject before returning to his handler.

He was immediately transported to an emergency animal hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject was taken into custody.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 8
  • Tour 5 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14

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