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Michigan K-9 Shot, Killed While Tracking Suspect

November 05, 2018  | 

K-9 Axe had served with the St. Clair Shores Police Department for two years. Image courtesy of ODMP.
K-9 Axe had served with the St. Clair Shores Police Department for two years. Image courtesy of ODMP.

A K-9 with the St. Clair Shores (MI) Police Department was shot and killed on Sunday while tracking a suspect who had allegedly brandished a gun at a social hall in St. Clair Shores.

Police were called to the scene, and saw a man matching the description outside the building, according to

Police said he ignored multiple demands from officers and fled from the scene on foot.

K-9 Axe was deployed for an apprehension and was shot by the man.

Police returned fire, striking the man. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

K-9 Axe had served with the St. Clair Shores Police Department for two years. The K-9 was named in memory of U.S. Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Axelson who was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2005, according to ODMP.

Comments (5)

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AZBIGDOG @ 11/5/2018 4:15 PM

Sorry for the loss of an Officer and sorry that the Officers were forced to take the life of another person. But I do believe it was deserved due to the fact the person used a firearm to take the life of an innocent animal and endangered the lives of Officers.

Jon Retired LEO @ 11/5/2018 8:38 PM

Rest in peace Axe and when you get to that rainbow bridge there will be many friends waiting for you. Rest in peace Petty Officer Axelson and prayers to your family and the St Clair Shores Police Department. You served your country proudly in a foreign land not at all friendly to Americans. We salute you and your service!

Bryan W @ 11/5/2018 8:55 PM

Having worked with Police Service Dogs in the past, the loss to the handler and to the department is significant.
But as I've known for years, the dog is deployed for the safety of officers and is expected to sacrifice his life to save those men and women left standing.
I salute both Axe and the officers that did their duty this day.

RCMP Sgt retired

Trigger @ 11/6/2018 3:14 AM

RIP Axe, thank you for your service and probably saving the life of an officer.

Donald Hammond @ 11/6/2018 4:15 AM

Local television station reporter asked if any officers were shot. Duh, yes Officer Axe was.

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