K9 Max

K9 Max

Lake Wales Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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K9 Max was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a domestic violence and shooting suspect near West Seminole Avenue.

Officers were called to the area by the victim of the assault after her boyfriend had choked her and slammed her head on the pavement before firing shots in the roadway. The man had fled the scene prior to officers arriving on the scene but reappeared as they investigated the incident. As the officers confronted him he ran into a wooded area and refused to obey commands. K9 Max was released for an apprehension and bit the subject, who then produced a 9 mm handgun and shot him.

Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Bio

  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 7
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Shot and killed

convicted felon, domestic, k9 apprehension, shots fired call

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This poem was written for K9 Fargo of the Richland County Sheriff's Department in Honor of the unquestionable sacrifices K9's make in their everyday service to their partners and Agencies! Let this poem stand as a tribute to all our K9 Heroes who give the ultimate sacrifice!


“Our K9 Named Fargo"

He was just another Police dog,
I was going to have to train,
He was a beautiful “Belgian Malinois”,
And Fargo was his name.

We worked so hard together,
From sun up until Night,
His future as a Police Dog,
Became our daily plight.

This dog could do anything,
He was so easy to train,
Each day he made me so proud,
My partner “Fargo” was his name.

After months of rigorous training,
Fargo was ready for the road,
It didn’t take long to prove himself,
He was one of the best-I was told!

He hit on the drugs every time,
And tracked down the criminals too,
He did everything I ask of him,
There was nothing he wouldn’t do.

We stayed together day and night,
This dog I had to train,
He was my partner and my friend,
“Fargo” was his name!

It was the 16th of December,
With the moon and stars so bright,
When “Fargo” hit the trail of a robber,
My heart stopped when shots rang in the night!

My Partner was hit several times,
This K9 I had to train,
We cried because he didn’t make it,
My partner “Fargo” was his name!

Written by David L Bell RCSD (Retired) December 16, 2017
© Pending

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

August 13, 2022

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