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K-9 Trax

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department

End of Watch: Friday, November 4, 2011

Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Location: Vanderburgh County

Handler: Deputy Kevin Hertweck

K-9 Trax was accidentally shot and killed by his handler after three pit bulls attacked the dog at a home on Old Henderson Road in Evansville.

K-9 Trax, a male German Shepherd, was accompanying his handler and three other deputies as they served a probation warrant on a subject. When they arrived at the home they ordered the man to put the dogs up, but the man refused, and instead opened the door and let the dogs out to attack the deputies. As one of the dogs attacked K-9 Trax, his handler attempted to shoot it, but accidentally fatally shot K-9 Trax.

The subject who released the dogs was charged with battery.