Indiana State Police
End of Watch: Monday, June 24, 2013
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Incident Location: Clark County
Handler: Trooper Nathan Abbott
K9 Kilo was shot and killed during a nearly 10-hour standoff by a subject who had barricaded himself inside a home in Sellersburg.
At about 11:45 am, officers of the Sellersburg Police Department were called to a home by the wife of a man to persuade him to go to the hospital for treatment of mental health issues. Upon their arrival, the subject confronted the officers with a handgun as he held his 4-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son at gunpoint in a neighbor’s yard before releasing them and fleeing on foot.
The man then gained entry into a home in the 700 block of East Delaware Court where he barricaded himself inside. The subject fired eight shots when K9 Kilo entered the residence first, followed by his handler and several officers who then retreated. K9 Kilo did not exit the home and died at the scene at about 3:00 pm. A Clark County sheriff’s deputy was wounded in the lower leg and airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
SWAT teams attempted negotiating with the 31-year-old subject before eventually deploying tear gas. The man surrendered at 9:25 pm as he emerged from the back door of the house after hiding in a closet. He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, causing the death of a law enforcement animal, burglary, residential entry, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a firearm.
K9 Kilo, a 6-year-old male German Shepherd, had served with the Indiana State Police for nearly 6½ years and with his handler were assigned to the Sellersburg post.
On January 31, 2014, K9 Kilo was the recipient of the Purple Paw Award presented by the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association at its 130th annual meeting held in Indianapolis. The Purple Paw Award is presented to recognize any service or police K9 animal injured or killed in the line of duty during the past year.