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K9 Rico | Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

K9 Rico

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: Dutch Shepherd

Age: 3

Gender: M

Tour: 6 months

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/26/2017

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Shot and killed

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K9 Rico was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a suspect following a pursuit in Wasilla.

The driver of the vehicle led troopers on a 45-minute pursuit after they attempted to stop him for traffic violations. The subject had several outstanding warrants.

Troopers were able to disable the vehicle with spike strips near mile 45 on Parks Highway. K9 Rico was deployed when the man fled and refused to follow commands. The subject opened fire on Rico, killing him, before being shot and killed by the troopers.

K9 Rico had served with the Alaska State Troopers for only six months.

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Thank You Rico, and thank you to Rico's handler. The bonds we share with our partners are indescribable, and this is even more true for the K9's. Your willingness to share daily with Rico is not overlooked. We mourn with you and we pray for peace for you and your family.

Retired Deputy Sherriff A. M. Stene
Ulster County, NY
May 23, 2017


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