Bakersfield Police Department K9 Jango, 6, was killed April 27th during the pursuit of a stolen vehicle suspect in Southeast Bakersfield.
According to BPD, officers tried to stop a reported stolen vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 58, just before 9 PM. The suspect failed to yield, went off road and crashed through a fence on the embankment.
The suspect ran on foot and shots were fired when officers attempted to take him into custody. Both the suspect and a K9 were hit. K9 Jango was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital, where it he pronounced dead. The suspect was also transported to a hospital and succumbed to his injuries.
On the department’s loss, Sgt. Pair said “That officer works every day with that dog, it is more than a dog to that officer, it is their best friend. That officer is understandably devastated.”