Hero Down: Bexar County Sheriff's K9 Chucky Killed By Gunman

Bexar County Sheriff's Office K9 Chucky was killed by an armed fugitive on Friday night.

Bexar County, TX – Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) K9 Chucky was killed in the line of duty on Friday night, after he was fatally shot by a suspect during a standoff.

K9 Chucky, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, was able to latch onto 38-year-old Matthew Reyes Mireles before Mireles shot him multiple times, KSAT reported.

The incident began at approximately 10 p.m., when Karnes City police tried to pull Mireles over for a traffic violation, Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva said.

The suspect refused to stop, and instead led officers on a 30-minute pursuit through Karnes County, Sheriff Villanueva explained.

He also shot at the officers during the chase, KTSA reported.

Mireles then crossed into Bexar County, where he was pursued by two Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and three BCSO deputies, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said, according to KSAT.

Mireles, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, traveled at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour during the chase, WSB reported.

He also fired several rounds at the pursuing law enforcement officers, Sheriff Salazar told KSAT.

Mireles eventually stopped his truck in the area of Highway 151 and Loop 151, then jumped out and left his vehicle in reverse.

The truck rolled into a BCSO patrol car, and Mireles started walking down the highway firing rounds at police. He also pointed his weapon at passersby, a police helicopter, and himself, Sheriff Salazar said.

Due to the imminent threat Mireles posed, there was no time to outfit K9 Chucky in his ballistic vest before he was deployed, the department said.

"Chucky does have an issued vest, but was not able to wear it at the time," the agency explained. "The vest is not able to be worn at all times, due to overheating concerns and physical fatigue on the dog. It is intended to be placed on the dog in the event of a pre-planned operation.”

"This was not a pre-planned event, due to the deadly actions of the suspect placing the general public and officers on scene in danger of imminent death or serious bodily injury,” the department said. “Immediate actions had to be taken to ensure the suspect was stopped quickly.”

“The on-scene commander made the decision to deploy the dog to address a deadly immediate threat to the public and officers," the sheriff’s office statement read. "It does not appear the handler had an opportunity to put body armor on Chucky before the deployment."

K9 Chucky raced in and bit down on the gunman, who shot him several times, Sheriff Salazar said.

He died at the scene, WSB reported.

Officers opened fire on Mireles, hitting him in his lower extremities, according to KSAT.

He was taken to University Hospital in critical condition, and has since been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, interfering with a police service animal, evading arrest with a vehicle, and aggravated assault against a public servant.

Mireles has an extensive arrest history, including charges of theft, assault, driving while intoxicated, assault on a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon, and evading arrest, among others, KSAT reported.

He has also served several stints in prison over the years.

Sheriff Salazar said that K9 Chucky’s human partner was struggling to find the words to break the news of K9 Chucky’s death to his family, KSAT reported.

“It's a heartbreaking situation and these dogs are part of our family. They are deputies, as well,” Sheriff Salazar said, according to WSB. “Chucky went out doing what he was brought here to do, to save lives. And he undoubtedly saved lives with what he was able to accomplish in his last moments.”

Early Saturday morning, a procession of law enforcement vehicles escorted K9 Chucky’s body from the scene to Becker Animal Hospital, KSAT reported.

“We are deeply saddened for our fallen K9 Deputy Chucky, and for his handler, his human family, and the rest of the K9 unit,” the BCSO said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The department plans to bury K9 Chucky with full honors.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in the loss of K9 Chucky.

Rest easy, hero. Your life mattered.

Comments (20)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

I hope this man suffers greatly from his injuries for the rest of his life. Like maybe having to wear a colostomy bag in prison.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Rest in piece hero, just one bite wasn’t enough! Your partnered should have raised their aim a little higher and made that piece of shit go to hell, he doesn’t deserve the time us taxpayers will have to pay for his hospital bill and prison sentences, there’s only one charge missing and is Murder of a k9 Officer. Thank you for your service and know there are people like me that have respect for animals like you that give selfless time to protect and serve with our law enforcement. Every time this happens a piece of my heart is taken away RIP Chucky!!!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Police should not be sending a dog into a gunfight.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Should have executed the piece of shit on the highway. Shoot or kill a cop/K9 instant death sentence.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Too bad the police didn't kill this bastard.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

Raise your sight picture a bit!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, K9 Chucky. You gave your life for your partner and his fellow LEOs. Go and play with the other K9s at the end of the Rainbow Bridge - your deputy will someday meet you there and he will be able to hug and pet you again and tell you, "Thanks, buddy." Condolences to the deputy and his department.

Debkk9
Debkk9

Why is that asshole still breathing

CFHENDERSON1
CFHENDERSON1

He should be charged with murder of a police officer.

Isabella123
Isabella123

There have been far too many losses of these K9 officers of late. I believe the criminal element in our society have altered their tactics to 'taking out the dog first'. This needs to be recognized by placing the attacks on the K9 officers resulting in criminal charges equivalent to those of attack on human officers. Shooting at or attacking these officers needs to have consequences of their own to get the message across. It has to have major consequences to these people. To Chucky and his family I am so very sorry and offer my deepest sympathies. It's not enough but it is all I can do. It is unfortunate that the wounds to this perpetrator were not lethal. Should he survive his hospital stay I hope they 'fry' that bastard on your behalf

Isabella123
Isabella123

Me again from Canada. I tried to edit my response but couldn't seem to do it if stuff from me show up elsewhere in these comments my apologies for the error but I mean every word. My deepest apologies for spellcheck and it's abuse of Chucky's name. Chucky they should have aimed higher and taken your 'cold blooded' killer - Yes!!! That's who that thing masquerading as a human being is- out on the spot. Should he survive his time in hospital - I sincerely hope they put him at the top of the death row list with no appeals or stays of execution permitted. So many officer and K9 officer deaths of late. It's absolutely horrific. People like this have no place in any society.

61mouse
61mouse

I blame to he handler on this , if he was firing guns at everyone why the hell would you release the dog ??

Valhallabound
Valhallabound

Get a rope for this sack of waste... if he had been firing at police and public then why send the dog to certain death and not send a cheap .308 or .223 round to bring his active threat to an end? Heartfelt condolences to families directly affected.

johnjames45
johnjames45

Deepest sympathy to Chuckys family 😥

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

absolutely inhumane and cowardly to send a dog, who has no ide he could die, into a situation where a weapon is involved. Its a sacrifice for gods sake and the officers that commit the dog to that kind of danger should be charged.

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

nothing more cowardly than sacrificing an innocent animal who had no idea what the consequences could be.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe Mireles will say that the k9 unit was threatening his life and safety.