K9 Donka

K9 Donka

Stockton Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 8, 1965

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K9 Donka was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy while attempting to apprehend two California Youth Authority escapees near the intersection of Weber Avenue and Highway 99

Officer and sheriff's deputies had pursued the two in a stolen vehicle until it crashed into a ditch. K9 Donka was released for an apprehension when both subjects fled on foot from the wrecked car. As K9 Donka ran toward the subject he collided with a fence and became disoriented. He turned and began to run toward a San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office deputy, who shot him with a shotgun to protect himself from being bit.

Both subjects were taken into custody.

K9 Donka had served with the Stockton Police Department for 3-1/2 years.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun

escapee, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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