K9 Sam

K9 Sam

Norristown Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, October 17, 1993

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K9 Sam was shot and killed by an officer who mistook him for a neighborhood dog.

Officers had responded to the area of Swede Street and Jacoby Street for a shots fired call. They had apprehended one man who had fled from them on foot and recovered a shoulder holster from him. Several residents came out of their homes and started interfering with the investigating officers. A struggle ensued between officers and one of the subjects.

K9 Sam jumped through the patrol car's open window and bit the subject's leg. One of the officers, not recognizing K9 Sam, shot him.


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

Incident Details

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

shots fired call

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K-9 Sam, rest in peace. Terrible tragedy, You are a hero forevermore! I'm honored to leave the first reflection.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 19, 2019

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