K9 Gunner

K9 Gunner

Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 6, 2005

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K9 Gunner was shot and killed in case of friendly-fire while pursuing a suspect.

Gunner's handler had been involved in a vehicle pursuit which ended at the suspect's home. Gunner was released as his handler chased the man into the house, but the door closed behind the handler and Gunner was not able to get inside.

Another responding unit attempted to gain entry but Gunner became aggressive and wouldn't let the officer into the home. Not knowing that Gunner was a police canine, and fearing he would be bitten, the officer shot Gunner. After hearing the gunshot, his handler immediately came outside and transported Gunner to emergency animal hospital.

K9 Gunner had previously been selected as the best overall dog of the year by the United States Police Canine Association.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Not available
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun

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