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'Maya' one of five K-9 officers killed in line of duty in Salt Lake County since 2010

Posted at 9:11 PM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-19 00:22:11-05

SALT LAKE CITY — “Maya” joins four other K-9 officers that have been shot and killed in Salt Lake County since 2010.

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Maya's passing comes just two years after the death of “Hondo" with the Herriman Police Department. Hondo was shot during a fugitive arrest on February 13, 2020 and was known as one of the most decorated K-9 officers in the state of Utah.


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In July of 2017, Unified Police K-9 “Dingo” was shot while running after a dangerous fugitive.


READ: Utah K9 community mourns loss of officer ‘Dingo’

In April of 2016, Unified Police K-9 “Aldo” died after being shot in the middle of a standoff at a Millcreek home.


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In January of 2010, Midvale Police K-9 “Koda” was killed after chasing a burglary suspect who was cornered in a backyard.


All of these K-9 officers made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure their handlers and other officers would live to see another day.