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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K9 Santos, "A picture is worth a thousand words" - one look at your face and it says alertness, full concentration, keen situational awareness, complete dedication and a depth of steadiness rarely ever seen in anyone. You served perfectly, a gold standard among K9s. May God grant your partner, team and family comfort, rest and pride in being blessed to have worked with the very best. Enjoy your rest now with the same intensity you gave to your job!

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michigan

June 4, 2023

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