K9 Copper

K9 Copper

Clay County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 16, 1999

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K9 Copper and Deputy Sheriff James Kenney were shot and killed as they assisted other officers arrest a jail escapee.

The suspect and two other inmates overpowered two corrections officers and escaped from a local jail. The two other inmates were arrested soon thereafter, however, the suspect escaped to his home. Deputy Kenney, and his canine Copper, went to the house to arrest him and was met with gunfire. Both he and Copper were shot and killed.

The suspect was then arrested by other officers and charged with premeditated first-degree murder and with inflicting death on a police dog.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Not available
  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type

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Jim....You came to me in a dream last night. You called for your loyal companion Copper he came and obediently sat beside you. Before my dream I couldn't recall Copper's name. You asked me "How long has it been since you talked to your Dad?" I said a while. You told me "I think you need to call him." I said ok thanks..then you said "See you Kid". And you were gone..Youll be happy to know I called my Dad and your Best friend (Gary Caldwell) I told him the story and was so very glad I did...He said he misses you and thinks about you every day..I miss you too and thank you for coming to see me..
Christine Caldwell

Christine Caldwell
a lifetime friend and daughter of Gary Caldwell

November 14, 2014

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