K9 Helo

K9 Helo

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Sunday, September 25, 2016

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K9 Helo was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension following a vehicle pursuit in Palmer, Alaska.

Helo's handler had responded to back up a Palmer Police Department officer who was involved in a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle eventually turned down a long driveway near the interchange of Glenn Highway and Parks Highway before crashing into a tree at low speed. The driver of the vehicle then fled on foot into a wooded area while carrying a handgun.

The man then opened fire on pursuing officers as Helo was released to attempt an apprehension. The man shot Helo several times before being wounded by return gunfire from the officers. He was taken into custody and charged with multiple counts, including attempted murder and killing a police dog. He was sentenced to 40 years in state prison and 10 years in federal prison.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 6
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender 50 years

k9 apprehension, vehicle pursuit

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The tragic passing of this K-9 trooper is very heartbreaking. Doggos never die. Bork in Peace Helo.

William Jin
Future LEO and Boy Scout in Troop 737, Walnut, California

May 13, 2020

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