K9 Maya

K9 Maya

West Jordan Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Thursday, February 17, 2022

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K9 Maya was shot and killed at 11400 S. Redwood Road, in South Jordan, at about 7:00 pm while attempting an apprehension of an armed man who had been the subject of an eight-hour-long manhunt.

At 11:00 am, the West Jordan Police Department received a report that a man had assaulted a woman and was holding her at gunpoint. The woman was able to escape, and while the man chased her, officers were able to intervene and rescue her. The man then entered a vehicle and led officers on a vehicle pursuit. Due to safety considerations, the officers terminated the pursuit. They located him a short time later, and another pursuit ensued but was also terminated for safety reasons.

Officers contacted the suspect by phone. The man pretended to surrender but then fled again, starting another pursuit. Spike strips were successfully deployed causing the vehicle to come to a stop. The man then exited the car and fired at officers. K9 Maya was struck and transported to a surgical center where she succumbed to her injuries.

Officers returned fire and killed the subject.

K9 Maya had served with the West Jordan Police Department for six years.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Female
  • Age 6
  • Tour 6 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

abduction, k9 apprehension, 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

September 1, 2022

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