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Hero Down: Bakersfield Police K9 Jango Fatally Shot By Felon

Bakersfield, CA – Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) K9 Jango died in the line of duty on April 27 after being shot while pursuing an armed felon, police said.

The incident began just before 9 p.m., when BPD officers spotted a vehicle that had been reported as stolen traveling eastbound on Highway 58, KGET reported.

The male suspect refused to stop and led officers on a chase before crashing through a fence and onto an embankment, police said.

He then bailed out and took of on foot in the 2000-block of Feliz Drive, KGET reported.

Officers and K9 Jango chased after him at attempted to take him into custody, at which point the suspect opened fire, the BPD said in a Facebook post.

K9 Jango was hit during the attack and officers immediately returned fire, killing the suspect, KGET reported.

The wounded K9 was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting and the death of K9 Jango remains ongoing, the BPD said.

The five-and-one-half-year-old Belgian Malinois was born in the Netherlands and had been serving alongside his human partner, BPD Officer Brock Mueller, since March of 2017, KGET reported.

“In his time with us, he faithfully served the community of Bakersfield in the field of suspect apprehension and explosive material detection,” the agency’s Facebook post read.

The BPD said Officer Mueller was K9 Jango’s best friend.

“That officer works every day with that dog,” BPD Sergeant Robert Pair told GETG. “It is more than a dog to that officer – it is their best friend. That officer is understandably devastated.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bakersfield Police Department and Officer Mueller in the loss of K9 Jango.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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