K9 Wessel

K9 Wessel

Lawton Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Thursday, January 2, 2014

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K9 Wessel succumbed to complications from surgery after a narcotics traffic stop.

K9 Wessel was deployed during a traffic stop at Summit and 5th Street in Lawton. After he produced a positive alert on the vehicle, K9 Wessel was rewarded with a tennis ball. The ball fractured when he bit down on it, and pieces entered his gastrointestinal tract. He had two surgeries to remove the foreign materials but died from his intestinal injury and surgery complications three weeks later.

The traffic stop and arrest yielded 13 pounds of marijuana, elements of drug trafficking, and $ 10,000 cash.

K9 Wessel had served with the Lawton Police Department for over two years.


  • Breed Dutch Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour 2 years, 8 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 10, 2013

narcotics, traffic stop

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