These Las Vegas Metropolitan Police K-9s bravely served and protected the lives of citizens and their human partners. We honor their service and sacrifice.
LVMPD K-9 Nicky: End of Watch February 12, 2016
LVMPD K-9 Nicky, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed in the line of duty while trying to take down an accused double murderer.
On Feb. 12, 2016, K-9 Nicky and his handler were responding to a barricade situation near U.S. 95 and Kyle Canyon Road following the discovery of two dead victims at a residence.
During the barricade, K-9 Nicky was deployed to take down the 31-year-old armed suspect.
That's when the suspect fired shots and officers shot and wounded the suspect.
K-9 Nicky was fatally wounded in the process.
Over Nicky's career with LVMPD, he was responsible for taking down 99 suspects.
LVMPD K-9 Marco: End of Watch May 14, 2012
LVMPD K-9 Marco, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, died in the line of duty following a foot pursuit involving a man with a knife call. The 18-year-old suspect was armed with a knife while going door to door and attempted to get into at least one home. Marco and his handler were on scene near Alta Drive and Jones Boulevard and assisted in the foot pursuit once officers located the suspect. During the incident, the suspect jumped over a wall. As Marco followed, he immediately saw an officer.
Marco latched onto the officer and would not let go. The officer's partner shot Marco with his duty weapon.
Marco was taken to an animal clinic but did not survive.
The injured officer was treated for the dog bite at a local hospital.
The suspect was eventually captured and booked into jail.
LVMPD K-9 Buddy: End of Watch October 24, 2003
LVMPD K-9 Buddy was found shot to death in a stolen police car following a dangerous crime spree.
Buddy was killed by a 23-year-old assailant who had carjacked four vehicles, including a tribal police officer's car, before he stole a Metro K-9 vehicle.
Police chased the vehicle until the assailant shot himself while driving.
The SUV crashed into the median near U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard.
Buddy, who was muzzled, was found shot inside.
His handler, Officer Mike Horn, said Buddy was in a muzzle because he was not trained yet and had just started his career with LVMPD.
Following Buddy's death, donations were made to purchase bullet-proof vests for LVMPD K-9 partners.
Buddy was the second LVMPD K-9 to be killed in the line of duty.
LVMPD K-9 Rudi: End of Watch April 1, 2002
LVMPD K-9 Rudi, a 2 ½-year-old Belgian Malinois, was critically injured in a traffic crash on March 28, 2002. The police vehicle in which he was riding was hit by a civilian driver. Rudi and his handler, Officer John Jenkins, were responding with lights and sirens activated to a report of a man with a gun. As their vehicle drove into the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue, they were struck on the right side.
Both Jenkins and Rudi were rushed to hospitals for treatment. Rudi's injuries were determined to be severe enough that he had to be euthanized a couple of days later.
Ofc. Jenkins recovered from his injuries.
K-9 Rudi began his career with LVMPD in September 2001. He was the first LVMPD K-9 to be killed in the line of duty.