K-9 Kilo

Indiana State Police
Monday, June 24, 2013

Trooper Nathan Abbott

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Monday, June 24, 2013
11:45 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
700 block of East Delaware Court, Sellersburg
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Silver Creek
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Released in 2016
(currently on probation)

   K-9 Kilo was shot and killed during a nearly 10-hour standoff by a subject who had barricaded himself inside a home in Sellersburg.

   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 K-9 Kilo entered the residence first, followed by his handler and several officers who then retreated. K-9 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 burglary, striking a law enforcement animal, pointing a firearm and residential entry, with charges of criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement being dismissed.

   He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with six years suspended and $11,000 in restitution. He was released in 2016 and is currently on probation.

   K-9 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.

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Purple Paw Award

On January 31, 2014, K-9 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 K-9 animal injured or killed in the line of duty during the past year.

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