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CA K-9 Killed by Stabbing Suspect

November 01, 2017  | 

A California man stabbed and killed a police K-9 before being fatally shot by a police officer Tuesday afternoon. The man had also stabbed his girlfriend and thrown butcher knives at other officers, police said Wednesday.

K-9 Jax was stabbed to death. (Photo: Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety)
K-9 Jax was stabbed to death. (Photo: Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety)

Jesus Birelas-Contreras refused to surrender before hurling the knives, according to police. Lt. Emmet Larkin fired at Birelas-Contreras, killing him, reports the Mercury News..

The girlfriend survived, but one of the Department of Public Safety's dogs, Jax, succumbed to his wounds.

Jax, a 4-year-old German Shepherd, had served for two years with the department and was one of four dogs in the K-9 unit. Jax was the first Sunnyvale police dog killed in the line of duty.

"It's a huge loss," said Chief Phan Ngo. "He was a family member, and his void will always be felt. He will always be in our hearts."

Comments (2)

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Charles @ 11/2/2017 8:59 PM

RIP, brother Officer Jax.
You will be sorely missed and forever remembered.

kojack58 @ 11/3/2017 10:56 AM

Rest in peace K=9 Jax. Your service and hard work will never be forgotten. Gods angels will now take care of you.

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