K9 Riley

K9 Riley

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, January 18, 2021

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K9 Riley and Deputy Sheriff Adam Gibson were shot and killed in the parking lot of the Cal Expo and State Fair facility following a vehicle pursuit of a parolee.

Deputies noticed the subject and vehicle, which matched the description of one used in a recent burglary series, in a parking lot near Arden Way and Avondale Avenue. The deputies contacted the occupant and learned that he was on active parole. As they prepared to search the vehicle the man fled, leading deputies on a pursuit.

The vehicle became disabled when it entered the state fair parking lot at 1600 Exposition Boulevard and the man remained inside. Deputies used a bean bag round to break out the vehicle's back window so they could see inside. K9 Riley was then deployed through the window by his handler in an attempt to apprehend the subject. When K9 Riley was inside of the vehicle the man opened fire, fatally wounding both K9 Riley and Deputy Gibson. A second deputy was also shot and wounded.

Other deputies on scene returned fire and killed the subject.

K9 Riley had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for three years.

Bio

  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour 3 years

Incident Details

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

k9 apprehension, parolee, suspicious vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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The First & The Last

The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master,
The first to enter where danger lurks,
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner”, not just an animal.

- Author unknown -

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

August 21, 2021

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