K9 Duke

K9 Duke

San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Sunday, February 19, 2023

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K9 Duke was stabbed to death while attempting to apprehend a burglary suspect in a railyard in Tracy.

Officers with the Tracy Police Department had responded to a burglary at the railyard near Brichetto Road and Banta Road at about 12:00 pm. As officers arrived on the scene two men fled from the officers into the train yard. When K9 Duke arrived on the scene one of the men entered the engine room on one of the trains in the yard and barricaded himself inside.

Officers and deputies were able to create an opening to the engine room and K9 Duke was released for an apprehension. As he engaged the subject the man stabbed him multiple times. Officers were able to take the man into custody after he stabbed K9 Duke.

K9 Duke was taken to Central Valley Veterinarian Hospital, in Manteca, where he succumbed to his injuries.

K9 Duke had served with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office for six years.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Male
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 6 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Arrested

burglary, k9 apprehension


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Thank you for your service K9 Duke. May you run free in Heaven where you will continue to watch us from above. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. Justice will be served. Good boy Duke.

Micaela Smith
First responder Corpus Christi Texas

March 16, 2023

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