K9 Rico

K9 Rico

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, September 28, 2023

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K9 Rico was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend an attempted murder suspect.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2023, deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to a subject shooting at passing vehicles, wounding one victim. When deputies arrived at the scene the subject opened fire on them, wounding one deputy, before fleeing into a wooded area.

The following day the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division SWAT team tracked the suspect to a home on Mary Anne Point Road on John's Island. K9 Rico was deployed into the home after a robot was unable to access all areas of the house. The subject shot K9 Rico moments after he entered the home. The subject then attempted to exit the home through a window but was shot and killed by officers when he pointed a rifle at them.

K9 Rico had served with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for one year.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix
  • Gender Male
  • Age 3
  • Tour 1 year

Incident Details

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

barricade, active shooter, k9 apprehension

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I chose K-9 Rico for a GAVC Class presentation project, on Police officers and K-9s who have died in the line of duty. After reading about K-9 Rico i was very upset, he only worked for this department for 1 years before being killed. I pray for the people who are grieving at this time, and i pray K-9 Rico rests peacfully in heaven

GAVC Class

October 27, 2023

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