K-9 Tracker, a 5-year-old Beagle who was assigned to the Ventress Correctional Facility, was shot and killed while pursuing a subject wanted for child rape and incest t in Dale County, Alabama.
Two canine tracking teams from the Alabama Department of Corrections had responded to assist deputies with the Dale County Sheriff's Office in the search for the suspect, who had been hiding in woods near his home for several days. An Alabama Department of Public Safety helicopter had located the subject in an area near County Road 33 and County Road 70 and directed a team of officers, including K9 Tracker, to the location.
The subject started to flee as officers approached, and Tracker began to pursue him. The man opened fire on Tracker and deputies, killing Tracker, before being wounded by return gunfire. He was taken into custody and faces additional charges of attempted murder or a law enforcement officers with charges pending for the death of Tracker.
Agency: Alabama Department of Corrections
Cause: Gunfire LODD
EOW: Monday, July 7, 2014
Tribute photo courtesy of Rose Barisow GraFX