K9 Max

K9 Max

Dickson Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, June 14, 1977

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K9 Max and Deputy Sheriff Robert Mayo, of the Dickson County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two escapees, a man and woman, from the Dickson County Jail.

The male was a fugitive after having previously escaped from a jail in Connecticut while being held on an attempted murder charge. After escaping from the Dickson County Jail the couple broke into a home and robbed the owner before stealing a car. A Dickson County constable found the couple driving the car on Highway 49 the following day and initiated a pursuit.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed as it rounded a curve approximately four miles east of Charlotte. During the ensuing manhunt, K9 Max was fatally shot after locating the man hiding in a tree. Deputy Mayo heard the shots and was shot in the neck as he neared the area.

The subject was able to escape but was later shot and killed during a shootout with members of the Connecticut State Police.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 2
  • Tour 7 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

escapee, k9 track

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I lived in Dickson at the time this happened. I was seven years old then and have never forgotten the service that was held for Max.

Greg Lunn

December 23, 2018

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