Hero Down: Herriman City Police Department K9 Hondo Fatally Shot During Chase

Holly Matkin

Herriman City Police Department K9 Hondo was killed in the line of duty on Thursday night.

Salt Lake City, UT – Herriman City Police Department (HCPD) K9 Hondo was killed in the line of duty on Thursday as he was attempting to apprehend a fugitive parolee who was also a homicide suspect.

The incident began at approximately 11:45 p.m., when task force members spotted 41-year-old Brian Francis Filion leaving an apartment complex near 300 South and 445 East in the downtown area, U.S. Marshal Service for Utah Chief Deputy Brandon Holt said, according to KDBC.

The homicide suspect fled from the officers on foot, at which point HCPD Sergeant Ben Ricks deployed K9 Hondo to help apprehend him.

“When the K-9 approached, the suspect pulled out a firearm,” the U.S. Marshal’s Office said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

When the felon drew his weapon, at least one officer opened fire, Chief Holt said.

Police found Filion dead a short while later, KDBC reported.

The wanted felon’s criminal history included charges of aggravated assault, theft, and felony drug possession, among others, the Deseret News reported.

K9 Hondo, a seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, suffered a gunshot wound to the sternum during the chase, Herriman City Police Chief Troy Carr said during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

U.S. Marshal Matthew Harris said it is unclear whether the K9 was shot by Filion or by crossfire from law enforcement, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

None of the officers were struck by gunfire, Chief Holt said.

K9 Hondo was rushed to a veterinarian hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The HCPD announced K9 Hondo’s death on Friday.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Herriman Police K9 Hondo, who was killed in the line of duty last night while assisting the U.S. Marshal’s Office in apprehending a dangerous fugitive,” the department said in a statement.

K9 Hondo had been serving his community since Oct. 29, 2015 – even longer than the HCPD has been in existence, Chief Carr told reporters.

He was certified both in patrol and narcotics detection, the department said in a Facebook video.

During his time on the streets, K9 Hondo helped seize hundreds of pounds of narcotics and made over 100 apprehensions, according to Chief Carr.

He and Sgt. Ricks were a highly-decorated team, and were widely hailed as being one of the top K9 teams in the state and throughout the country, Chief Holt said.

“The USMS sends its deepest sympathy to the Herriman Police Department on the death of its beloved K-9 and our task force colleague Hondo," Marshal Harris told The Salt Lake Tribune in a statement. “Hondo was a warrior, and due to Hondo’s heroic actions, the lives of his human partners were likely saved today.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Herriman City Police Department and Sgt. Ricks in the loss of K9 Hondo.

Comments (15)
Azleowife
Azleowife

Thank you for your dedicated service, you will never be forgotten. Run and play free now.

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DR226
DR226

I hate to see this shit, beautiful dog. Glad the POS got removed from society. RIP Hondo😢😠

Judid292
Judid292

RIP

Raymelson
Raymelson

Obama an the governor an mayor of N,Y should all be hanged in public for creating the war on police along with anyone who takes part in this war

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#rolltape #didhereallyhaveagun #wheredhegetthegun #ultimatesource #needregistry

VicG
VicG

Rest easy Hondo, we'll see you again at the Rainbow Bridge...

Stanracer
Stanracer

RIP Officer K9 Hondo. Your life mattered too.

Schick56
Schick56

🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

ThomasAkexander
ThomasAkexander

It would be most respectful to Hondo and the public, to know if he was killed from the perps gunfire or ours.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP Hondo! 💙🐾🐕👨‍✈️🌈

Glad the suspect is rotting in hell!!

61mouse
61mouse

If the 2 legged officers don't go in blind why send the 4 legged officers in blind to get killed ?

Diwatson
Diwatson

I’m heartsick you hear of the tragic death of Officer Hondo. He died a hero serving and protecting others. My deepest condolences to his handler who I’m sure is devastated by the loss as well as to everyone who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace Hondo... your life mattered.

Tarheels2020
Tarheels2020

Why do the Pilice Dogs not have a vest to protect them. They spend I'm sure thousands on these dogs. Please someone in law enforcement tell me.

AUtigerfan
AUtigerfan

RIP HONDO, Thank you for you courageous service and ultimate sacrifice.


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