K9 Major

K9 Major

Roseville Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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K9 Major died as the result of stab wounds sustained three years earlier while attempting a canine apprehension of a burglary suspect after being called out by the neighboring jurisdiction of Maplewood.

K9 Major tracked the suspect to a wooded area near 2370 English Street, in Maplewood, and bit the suspect on the leg. The suspect stabbed K9 Major multiple times with a butterfly knife during the apprehension. Major's handler was rushed him to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital where his condition was stabilized despite major blood loss.

K9 Major's injuries resulted in him being medically retired. His condition continued to deteriorate and he was euthanized on April 30th, 2013, under the advice of veterinarians.

K9 Major had served with the Roseville Police Department for eight years.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 11
  • Tour 8 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Friday, November 12, 2010
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife

k9 apprehension, burglary

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My eyes are your eyes,to watch and protect you and yours.
My ears are your ears,to hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
My nose is your nose, to scent the invader of your domain.
And so you may live,my life is also yours.

No truer words were exhibited that fateful night when K9 Major put himself in harms way and sacrificed himself, no doubt saving officers lives. Your faithful service and unconditional love for your human partner will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace K9 Major... A hero remembered never dies.

Officer Grant Breems
Friend and former K9 Handler

April 30, 2020

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