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Calif. K-9 dies from medical condition

K-9 Jax was rushed into emergency surgery, but couldn’t be saved

By PoliceOne Staff

MILPITAS, Calif. — A Milpitas police K-9 has died after he was taken to emergency surgery for a medical condition.

K-9 Jax died on March 6 after emergency surgery was unsuccessful, the department wrote on Facebook. 

Jax became an official peace officer on Oct. 17, 2014 when he completed a month-long intensive Basic K9 Handler School with his partner Officer Ryon Lawson. They were assigned to the Field Services Division. 

The department wrote that Jax was a natural. On his second day in the field, he discovered a weapon used in an attempted armed robbery. A year later, Jax searched for almost two and a half hours for a fleeing suspect who collided with two officers in an effort to evade capture.

In addition to apprehending suspects, Jax and Lawson visited multiple public events and schools as an effort to connect with the community. The department wrote they made a positive impact on the hundreds of people they met.


It is with great sorrow that the Milpitas Police Department announces the unexpected passing of one of our own, K9...

Posted by Milpitas Police Department on Wednesday, March 15, 2017


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