K9 Aron

K9 Aron

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, May 14, 1998

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K9 Aron was shot and killed as he and his handler attempted to apprehend a man who had just robbed a bank.

Responding officers arrived while the subject was still in the bank. As the man fled, he was confronted by officers and subsequently ran into a nearby wooded area. Aron and his handler tracked the man into the woods but were fired at by the man who was armed with two handguns. Aron's handler shot in the foot and wounded as Aron positioned himself between the subject and his handler. The subject continued shooting, striking Aron.

Despite being critically wounded, and unable to use his front legs, Aron was able to push himself back to his handler. He was transported to an emergency animal hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour 1 year

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Deceased

k9 apprehension, robbery

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I remember the morning too well. I left the scene and returned to the office when I received the call you didn't make it. It was so difficult to write the report of the circumstances surrounding your death. You exhibited what a true hero is on that morning.

ormer Medico-Legal Death Investigator
Wanda Ford

September 14, 2023

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