The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of a K9 officer that was killed while helping deputies apprehend a suspect. K9 Duke was killed when he was deployed by his handler to help catch a man that fled from law enforcement.
San Joaquin deputies were assisting the Tracy Police Department with apprehending two suspects at a train yard. One of the suspects got into a train engine compartment. K9 Duke was sent into the room and the suspect, who was armed with a knife, stabbed Duke several times. Deputies were able to take the suspect into custody. Duke was taken to a veterinary hospital where he died from his injuries. Duke was with the department for 6 years.