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Hero Down: Kane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Hudson Killed By Gunman

Geneva, IL – Kane County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) K9 Hudson died in the line of duty on Wednesday after being shot while trying to apprehend an armed carjacker.

The incident began at approximately 2 p.m. on May 24, when officers spotted a Honda Accord that had allegedly been stolen in Aurora traveling in South Elgin, WLS reported.

The driver behind the wheel of the stolen car had already fled from police once, according to the news outlet.

When police tried to stop him in South Elgin, the carjacker sped off towards Geneva before he ultimately crashed at the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Randall Road, WLS reported.

According to officials, the suspect bailed out of the stolen car with a gun in his hand, at which point K9 Hudson was deployed to apprehend him.

The suspect allegedly opened fire on the advancing K9, fatally wounding him, according to investigators.

Police returned fire and fatally shot the gunman, WLS reported.

The suspect’s identity was not immediately released.

No other officers or civilians were injured during the shootout, according to the KCSO.

The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is handling the ongoing investigation.

K9 Hudson, a Dutch shepherd, served the sheriff’s office for six years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said K9 Hudson was “an absolute hero” and that his death is a huge loss for the department, WLS reported.

“We have a very large K9 unit, the largest outside of Cook County, and it’s a very close-knit family,” Sheriff Hain said. “This is a big loss for us. He was a great dog.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office in the loss of K9 Hudson.

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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