K9 Axel

K9 Axel

Charleston Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 2022

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K9 Axel was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a stabbing suspect.

The Charleston Police Department was notified that a man wanted on a felony warrant was at the 100 block of East Point Drive. When they arrived, the suspect fled into the woods behind the house. When K9 Axel apprehended him, the suspect shot at the officers. K9 Axel was hit with the bullet, saving his partner's and another officer's lives. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

K9 Axel had served with the Charleston Police Department for almost one year.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Male
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 11 months, 3 weeks

Incident Details

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

apprehension, convicted felon

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K9 Axel, The crime here is that such a completely dedicated and fearless officer like you was like a decoy for evil. The coward who shot you was aiming for death of an officer, and you were in the forefront. An eye for an eye doesn't matter, since losing you was a cost too high. Thankfully, God's scale will balance out with you enjoying His eternal presence and evil paying the price for messing with one of His chosen officers! May He grant your partner, family and department peace!

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michigan

October 22, 2022

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