Hero Down: Houston PD K9 Jake Dies Of Natural Causes After Getting Shot Twice

A Houston police K9 passed away on June 30.

Houston, TX – Houston Police Department K9 Jake died of natural causes on June 30, the agency said.

K9 Jake, a Belgian Malinois, served the department for seven years and would have turned 11 years old in August, Houston police said in a tweet.

Nicknamed “The Launcher,” K9 Jake was trained as a bomb and patrol dog, his partner, Houston Police Officer Brian Schmidt told KTRK in February.

"He'll be 10 to 15 feet away from the suspect and he will launch himself in the air and hit the decoy or the suspect in the air," Officer Schmidt explained. “There's times that it amazes me things that he's done…in searches. He seeks out the evil that’s out there.”

In 2017, K9 Jake was shot twice while taking down a fleeing armed robbery suspect.

As K9 Jake closed in on the male suspect, another officer accidently got in between the K9 and his target, KTRK reported.

"The canine bit the officer and latched on to his thigh,” Assistant Houston Police Chief George Buenik explained. “At that point, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the dog. Jake was shot twice."

K9 Jake sustained “through and through” gunshots to his mouth and neck, and no vital organs or arteries were hit.

"He was still running after he was shot," Chief Buenik said at the time. "That tells you how tough he is."

K9 Jake returned to duty after recovering from his injuries, and took down "hundreds" of suspects over the course of his career, Officer Schmidt told KTRK.

“[K9 Jake] served the residents of Houston for 7 years with his handler Senior Police Officer Brian Schmidt,” the department tweeted in the wake of his death. “Jake’s service to the community will be missed.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Houston Police Department and Officer Brian Schmidt in the loss of K9 Jake.

Comments (11)
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Mrs10
Mrs10

Thanks for your service K9 officer. And may God be with your partner during this tough time. 💙

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Was the officer prosecuted for shooting the K9 unit?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - why would he be prosecuted? Did you read the story, putz?.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Yes, a police officer attacked a K9 unit. As you will recall from discussions on this board, police officers routinely take the position that police K9's do not inflict death or serious bodily injury. Sauce for the goose . . .

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Poor baby...Crossing the Rainbow Bridge!!

Photodaleen
Photodaleen

Burgers, you are an ass

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Photodaleen:. Would you have shot the K9 and if so, why?

LEO7989
LEO7989

Ok. Let’s review the story. The K-9 was already in mid-air to catch suspect when a officer got between him and the suspect and the K9 locked on him, with his jaws of steel and cop couldn’t get him off so he shot him. This is what I understand from the story. It was an unfortunate turn of events and thank God that this tough K9 recovered and returned to duty and serve until it was time for him to cross The Rainbow Bridge. RIP HERO. Job well done.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@LEO7989:. But why would any of this give him the right to hurt the dog? How is any of that a defense to criminal charges?

SEDSU
SEDSU

That`s NOT what I would call death by natural causes. More like death while on active duty. R.I.P. Jake.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

@SEDSU - K9 Jake did recover from being shot by the officer who got in the way between him and his target (the perp). That happened last year, according to the article. He died this year due to natural causes. RIP, K9 Jake.