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Benefit for Fallen K9 Santos of Wake Co. SO

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It is with broken hearts that we learned of the loss of Wake County Sheriff’s Office K9 Santos the morning of Friday May 26th. At approximately 12:30 am K9 Santos and his partner responded to a call to assist Knightdale Police with a suspect search. During the search, K9 Santos was accidentally shot and killed by a Knightdale Police Officer. 

Several members of Back The Blue NC had the pleasure of meeting K9 Santos and his handler back when we delivered gift baskets for the Deputies and their K9s after the loss of their partner K9 Deputy Ned Byrd. We keep his handler, the K-9 unit, and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office in our thoughts and prayers.

All donations will go to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit to be used for a new K9 partner, equipment to perform their duties, or any other need as they see fit for the success of their unit.

The following statement comes from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office:

The entire Wake County Sheriff’s Office family is heartbroken after K9 Santos was shot and killed early this morning in the line of duty. K9 Santos and his handler were called to assist Knightdale Police with a search for a suspect near N. Smithfield Road around 12:30 am Friday May 26th. While our deputy, K9, and a Knightdale police officer were tracking, K9 Santos was fatally wounded. He was rushed to the emergency clinic at N.C. State University’s Veterinary Hospital, where he unfortunately died. We want to thank the veterinarians who did everything they could to help save him. Thank you to the Raleigh Police Department, Wake County ABC Officers, and all first responders who provided comfort and support. K9 Santos, a German shepherd, was skilled in tracking and protecting his handler with a fierce determination. He gave his life to ensure the safety of our deputies and the residents of Wake County. Santos joined the Wake County Sheriff's Office in 2016, making him the longest serving K9. We thank him for his loyalty and service. This loss comes during a month focused on remembering the law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our K9s are part of our law enforcement family, and we mourn the loss of K9 Santos. The well-being of the residents of Wake County and our deputies is our top priority.


Back The Blue NC
Franklinton, NC

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