K9 Frankie

K9 Frankie

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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K9 Frankie was shot and killed after he and his handler had responded to a barricade at 40 Oliver Street in Fitchburg.

Officers had gone to the home to serve a firearms-related warrant at approximately 9:00 am. The subject barricaded himself inside for several hours as he spoke to negotiators. The man stated he would surrender but shot K9 Frankie as his handler approached him. The man committed suicide several hours later.

K9 Frankie and his handler had been awarded the Medal of Valor in 2017. K9 Frankie had served with the Massachusetts State Police for nine years.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 10
  • Tour 9 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

barricade, warrant service

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Lord God of unfailing love, to those families of our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a Law Enforcement K-9 family member, Shot and Killed in the Line-of-Duty, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

“And ALL flesh shall see the salvation of God.” [Luke 3:6 ESV]

“For NOT ALL flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.” [1 Corinthians 15:39 ESV]

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” [Matthew 25:23 ESV]

Captain Steven R. Closs (Retired)
Nashua NH Police Department [1974 – 1998]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained Christian Global Outreach Minister No. 36526
Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers - USA

January 5, 2024

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