Lake County Sheriff’s Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, April 30, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Incident Location: Lake County
Handler: Detective Dan Murchek
K-9 Ajax was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a man who had fled during a traffic stop.
At about 12:30 pm, when the vehicle was stopped near 3rd and Huntington streets in Gary, the 25-year-old male driver fled on foot. After failing to stop as ordered, K-9 Ajax was released and apprehended the suspect. The suspect then opened fire with a handgun, shooting K-9 Ajax in the mouth, before firing at his handler. The suspect, who was a convicted felon, continued to flee and was shot and killed by other officers a short distance away.
K-9 Ajax, a 3-year-old male German Shepherd, was taken to a local veterinary clinic where he died after undergoing almost two hours of surgery.