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.


  • 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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K-9 Max, your unfailing courage and loyalty saved the lives of your fellow officers. Your only thought was to complete your mission and protect your partner. The hatred that spilled over from the subject took your life, but not your soul! May God comfort your partner and let him see the star with your name when he looks into the night skies.

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michigan

August 25, 2022

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