K9 Rudy

K9 Rudy

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, April 14, 2023

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K9 Rudy was shot and killed near the 22200 block of River Road, in Perris, while tracking a wanted felon at about 4:45 pm.

Deputies were in the area looking for the man when dispatchers received a call about a couple trespassing on their property. The deputies were able to confirm the man was the fugitive and requested a canine to conduct a track. K9 Rudy's handler responded to the scene and began tracking the subject.

K9 Rudy alerted to the subject's presence and the man opened fire, killing K9 Rudy. The couple then fled on foot and the wanted man was fatally shot when he pointed his firearm at pursuing deputies.

K9 Rudy had won a first-place award at the Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 Trials the previous month.


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

Incident Details

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

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The First & The Last

The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master,
The first to enter where danger lurks,
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner”, not just an animal.

- Author unknown -

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 19, 2023

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