K9 Ronja

K9 Ronja

Tacoma Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Thursday, August 13, 2020

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K9 Ronja was shot and killed while tracking a murder suspect in the 3600 block of South M Street at about 1:30 am.

Another officer had spotted the man in a vehicle and recognized him as being wanted in connection to a murder that had occurred the previous night. The subject led officers on a vehicle pursuit until crashing and bailing out on foot. K9 Ronja and her handler arrived at the scene and began a track for the subject. The man opened fire on officers when he was located in the 3600 block of M Street and struck K9 Ronja.

One of the officers on scene returned fire and wounded the subject, who was taken into custody.

K9 Ronja was taken to a veterinary hospital where she died later in the morning.

K9 Ronja had served with the Tacoma Police Department for only eight months.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Female
  • Age 2
  • Tour 8 months

Incident Details

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

k9 track, murder suspect


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As a K9 Handler in the USAF Security Police, my heart is again broken.
My deepest condolences to K9 RONJA's Partner, the Tacoma (WN) Police Department, and the citizens of Tacoma. The Police K9s SAVE LIVES, TRACK & Capture criminals, and serve their departments, their Human partners, and the citizens of the communities they serve and protect.

J. D. Michael Phelps

September 12, 2020

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