K9 Jango

K9 Jango

Bakersfield Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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K9 Jango was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a convicted felon following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

Officers had attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 58 but the subject refused to stop and lead officers on a pursuit. The vehicle crashed through a chainlink fence along the highway and the man fled on foot into a nearby residential area. The man was located hiding in the backyard of a home in the 2000 block of Feliz Drive and K9 Jango was released to perform an apprehension.

During the apprehension, the man opened fire with a handgun and killed K9 Jango. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.


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

Incident Details

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

convicted felon, k9 apprehension, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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We can't say he was a man, but he was as strong as one. We can call him a good partner, and sometimes, that means more than simply being a good man. Remember not only the good times of his life, the tennis balls, the begging for treats, the puppy training, but the painful ones as well. These painful times of his life, serving his duty and ultimately saving lives; they defined him far more than the connection that came from these good times. He made a difference in the lives of many down the line, even if he saved just one life. For that, he too will be welcomed into the kingdom of God. All blessings upon Jango, officer Mueller, and all heroic officers, regardless of species, who sacrifice so so much for us to spoil our own family with the ultimate treat of love, and life. You were a beautiful dog, and you are a beautiful soul. Farewell.

Joseph L

November 6, 2021

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