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Hero Down: Marion County Sheriff’s Office K9 Sampson Dies During Surgery

Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 Sampson died unexpectedly during a surgical procedure for a broken leg.

Indianapolis, IN – Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) K9 Sampson died on Oct. 9 during a surgical procedure to repair his broken leg.

K9 Sampson’s human partner, MCSO Sergeant Jeff McHenry, said that he and his longtime partner were out running off-duty errands on Oct. 8 when the injury occurred, WISH reported.

“He hopped out like he normally does and when he did, he just fell to the ground,” Sgt. McHenry said.

K9 Sampson, who would have been 10 years old in December, had pulled muscles in the past, so the sergeant initially didn’t realize how severe his injury was.

He became more concerned when his partner still didn’t seem to be himself the following morning, so he took him to see the veterinarian.

After determining that K9 Sampson had suffered a fracture in his leg, the clinic ran tests to make sure he was able to go through a surgical procedure, WISH reported.

“Wednesday, they called and said, ‘Hey, everything is great. We are going to bring him into surgery probably about noon,’” Sgt. McHenry recalled.

When the sergeant checked in with the vet’s office at 2 p.m., everything was going well.

“They said, ‘Hey, he is great, breathing fine, heartbeat is fine,’ and about 2:15, they called back and said he had quit breathing,” Sgt. McHenry told WISH.

The MCSO announced K9 Sampson’s unexpected death in a Facebook post on Oct. 10.

“The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce that an MCSO K9 Deputy, Sampson, passed away unexpectedly,” the department said. “Yesterday, during surgery for his leg break, Sampson died suddenly and unexpectedly on the operating table.”

K9 Sampson served the Indianapolis Police Department for four years before he joined the MCSO’s Warrants Unit in 2018.

He was due to retire sometime in the next two years, Sgt. McHenry told WISH.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. McHenry in the loss of K9 Sampson.

Holly Matkin - October Fri, 2019


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