K9 Santos

K9 Santos

Wake County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, May 26, 2023

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K9 Santos was inadvertently shot and killed while conducting a canine track of a suspect near North Smithfield Road in the Carrington Woods section of Knightdale.

Officers with the Knightdale Police Department had conducted a traffic stop during which a passenger of the vehicle fled into a wooded area at about 12:30 am. K9 Santos' handler responded to the scene to assist with a track of the suspect. During the track, a Knightdale police officer had an accidental discharge, and the bullet struck K9 Santos.

K9 Santos was taken to North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital where he passed away.

K9 Santos had served with the Wake County Sheriff's Office for seven years.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 8
  • Tour 7 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun

accidental discharge, k9 track, traffic stop


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RIP K9 Santos. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Wake County

Lieutenant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police
Boston, Ma. 02120

June 3, 2023

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