K-9 Trax

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department
Friday, November 4, 2011

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Hertweck

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, November 4, 2011

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
3415 Old Henderson Road, Evansville
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Officer’s handgun
Suspect Disposition:
Discharged in 2012

   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 shot K-9 Trax fatally.

   The 39-year-old man who released the dogs was later convicted of battery with a deadly weapon and sentenced to two years in prison with the charge of aggravated battery being dismissed. He was discharged in 2012.

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