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Oklahoma City K-9 Dies from Stab Wounds, Handler Kills Suspect

August 26, 2014  | 

Oklahoma City Police said K-9 Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German shepherd, died of cardiac arrest Monday afternoon. He had been stabbed several times by a suspect Sunday night, reports

Kye's handler, Sgt. Ryan Stark, shot and killed the suspect after attempting to separate the two. According to investigators, the suspect had led police and troopers on a half-hour chase.

It began near Tinker Air Force Base and ended on Interstate 35 at the Goldsby exit after troopers rammed the suspect's car off the road into a ditch. Police say the suspect bailed out, ran about a quarter of a mile and hid behind a business.

Officers released the K-9 dog to go after him. When Stark caught up "the suspect was actively stabbing the dog," said Capt. Dexter Nelson, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Mark A. Salazar, reports

K-9 Kye will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 28 at First Southern Baptist Church, located at 6400 S. Sooner Road. The public is invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted with full police honors.

Comments (7)

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Chuck @ 8/26/2014 3:06 PM

Thank you k9 Kye. May you rest in peace knowing that your handler is safe. To my brother who lost his k9, im so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless all k9's and their handlers

Chuck @ 8/26/2014 3:08 PM

I also meant to add I'm glad that POS can't hurt anyone else now

kevCopAz @ 8/26/2014 3:10 PM

Sad, we lost another loyal partner and friend. He did his job, took the knife rather then his partner (handler) being wounded. God Bless Kye and our hearts go out to the handler and his family since they lost a friend and a family member as well. These K-9 partners are the unsung heroes of both Police and Military, as well as search and rescuer. NO OTHER animal is as valuable to our safety as a K-9.

TheRookie @ 8/26/2014 9:51 PM

A K-9 Partner, One of the best partners a L.E.O. can ask for. No complaining, no demands, just complete loyalty & passion to assist. May you R.I.P. K-9 Officer Kye & may God Bless your partner/handler Sgt. Ryan Stark.
Brothers & Sisters in Uniform watch your backs & the suspects hands always.

Captain @ 8/27/2014 5:50 AM

Sgt. Stark and the OPD lost a great officer. RIP Kye and thanks for your service. Blessed are the peace keepers

plato's playdough @ 8/30/2014 3:45 AM *the POS's mug, and then please see a recent PoliceMag article at

I cannot escape a question that haunts me; who is the mind and what is the motive for media and justice personnel that emboldens similar criminal enterprise by shielding them with LEO-adversive content and launching litigation against LEO that have to take out the trash?,

plato's playdough @ 8/30/2014 3:48 AM

And as far as the K9 officer down goes, this is the stuff of which Angels are made.

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