K9 Vader

K9 Vader

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, August 1, 2018


K9 Vader was shot and killed during a vehicle pursuit of a murder suspect in a stolen vehicle in Sussex County at approximately 8:20 am.

A trooper initiated the pursuit after locating the stolen car traveling on I-95. The man driving the vehicle was wanted for the murder of one woman and the wounding of a second woman in Connecticut. The vehicle fled on the interstate as the driver opened fire at troopers. The pursuit continued to the area of Loco School Road and Bell Road, where the man continued to fire at troopers. One of the rounds struck K9 Vader, who was still in the backseat compart of the patrol car. Troopers returned fire, killing the suspect.

K9 Vader was a narcotics detection canine assigned to the Virginia State Police Drug Interdiction Task Force. He had served with the Virginia State Police for nine months.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 2
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

murder suspect, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Colonel Gary T. Settle
Virginia State Police
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Phone: (804) 674-2843

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A Prayer for K9 Vader:

Thank you for your law enforcement service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the Virginia State Police. Let us celebrate your accomplishments and remember your selfless sacrifice in the Line-of-Duty. In Luke 3:6 Jesus promised, “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” So, death is not the end; it does not have the final say! All dogs do go to heaven because you have a spirit that epitomizes God's unconditional love. After all, DOG is GOD spelt backwards! Now, my furry, four-legged Comrade-in-Blue, rest easy, we will take it from here.

"Well done, good and faithful servant" [Matthew 25:11 ESV]
A Police Dog's Oath:

"I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return. I protect my officer with my life, and would gladly take a bullet in his/her place. I am sent in to find lost children and fugitives on the run. I find drugs and weapons and even bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave. I am the nose and ears of my officer. I will protect and serve my officer. I would die for my officer and for you. I only ask for compassion and a kind word in return."

Almighty God, the Virginia State Police was fortunate to receive the gift of K9 Vader from You. Now that he has left this life, please help them cope with their loss with strength and courage. I know that their beloved companion no longer suffers, and will live on in many fond memories. May he always be remembered as a trusted colleague who completed his missions with true dedication as he was trained, as well as, the unconditional love he provided his handler and caregivers. May the Lord God bless you always. In Jesus’ holy and mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Pastor/Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Minister
The Merrimack Police Department Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department

August 11, 2018

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