K9 Ajax

Lake County Sheriff’s Department

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Incident Location: Lake County

Handler: Detective Dan Murchek

K9 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, K9 Ajax was released and apprehended the suspect. The suspect then opened fire with a handgun, shooting K9 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.

K9 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.