Marion County Sheriff’s Department
End of Watch: Monday, September 19, 1988
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Incident Location: Marion County
Handler: Deputy Paul Thompson
K-9 Ando was shot and killed while protecting his handler during a barricade situation.
Deputies had responded to a home after its owner was involved in an accident and threatened neighbors with a shotgun. Arriving deputies had set up a perimeter around the home but were unable to make contact with the subject.
The deputies were unaware the 31-year-old man had remained outside of the home. As he approached K-9 Ando and his handler from behind, K-9 Ando suddenly took action and attacked the man as he opened fire. One blast struck the handler in the foot before K-9 Ando was shot in the face and chest.
The subject fled the scene but turned himself in the following day. He was later convicted and sentenced to 34 years in prison for attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and criminal mischief.
K-9 Ando, a male German Shepherd, had served with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for two years.