K9 Urk

K9 Urk

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, January 18, 2003

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K9 Urk was shot and killed after he and his handler responded to a shots fired call near the intersection of Hacienda Drive and Pomelo Drive, in the Vista area of the county.

As they arrived at the scene the subject immediately opened fire with a shotgun, shooting into the patrol car six times. Urk, who was riding in the front seat, was shot and killed. An Explorer was on a ride along with Urk's handler, was shot in the elbow.

The subject was arrested the following day and charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of injuring a police dog, and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to three life terms.

K9 Urk had served with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for three years. He had assisted in over 1,200 arrests and had apprehended 33 suspects.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

shots fired call

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Thank you officer Urk for being brave and for protecting my community. It’s been a few years since that horrible night but I will never forget it. I heard the gunshots as I was asleep in my breeze hill condo. I saw the car still sitting in the roadway with the lights on. That is where your life was taken. I went to your memorial service to show my respect for you and your fellow officers. May you Rest In Peace and never be forgotten. Thank you for your service.


February 28, 2018

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