Hero Down: Jacksonville County K9 Fang Murdered While Hunting Fleeing Suspect

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office K9 Fang was murdered in the line of duty on Sunday morning.

Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K9 Fang was murdered in the line of duty while pursuing an armed carjacking suspect early Sunday morning, police said.

The incident began at approximately 2:30 a.m., when 17-year-old Jhamel Paskel allegedly approached two women as they were sitting in a red sedan at a 7-Eleven gas pump, WJXT reported.

Amanda Gears told police that Paskel, who was wearing a mask, then forced his way into their vehicle and held them at gunpoint.

“He pulled a gun out and told me to drive – drive normal,” Gears said, according to WJXT. “We went down a dark road away from street lights.”

Paskel ordered the women to get out of the car, then took off again, police said.

Gears’ vehicle was equipped with OnStar, so officers were able to track the carjacker’s route.

They pursued him onto Interstate 10, and OnStar disabled the vehicle’s engine near Cecil Commerce Center Parkway, WJXT reported.

As Paskel bailed out of the car and ran off on foot, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Herrera released his partner, K9 Fang, The Florida Times-Union reported.

K9 Fang bolted after him, and took Paskel down after a short chase, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Officer Christian Hancock told the paper.

Paskel then pulled out a 9mm handgun, and fatally shot the 3-year-old German Shepherd, according to WJXT.

He fled into a wooded area, where he was ultimately apprehended by a second K9 officer and his handler.

During a Monday afternoon press conference, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Lieutenant Craig Waldrup confirmed that Paskel admitted to having murdered K9 Fang, and said he also confessed to having carjacked Gears.

He was charged with two counts of armed kidnapping, armed carjacking, and killing a police dog.

If convicted for murdering K9 Fang, Paskel faces up to five years in prison.

K9 Fang served the sheriff’s office for two years, as a “dual purpose bomb detector and patrol dog,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

“K9 FANG played a vital [role] keeping everyone safe at special events and football games,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet on Sunday. “He has captured some of the most dangerous criminals in #JAX.”

“We will miss you, FANG,” the agency said. “You are gone but will not be forgotten.”

Lt. Waldrop told WJXT that K9 Fang’s murder has been particularly difficult for his partner, Deputy Herrera, who has been with the agency for 10 years.

"The officers and their dogs are very close, so it's very upsetting to him," the lieutenant said.

The Florida Highway Patrol was among many agencies who mourned the loss of K9 Fang, The Florida Times-Union reported.

“We pray for his partner and JSO family,” the agency said. “The suspect was caught, but at a very heavy price. Thank you for your service, our four-legged hero.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Matt Herrera in the loss of K9 Fang.

Comments (28)
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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Looks like a damn fool with those shit pops in his head. Hope he gets the max sentence, which aint enough. 17 years old already committing armed robberies and shooting police dogs.

BluBlood
BluBlood

It's sick how kids these days are acting. Up to 5 years?? That is NOT long enough for murdering a 4-leg hero! The price he should pay needs to be at the very least double that!! He may have been(in some people's eyes) "just a dog" but he still wore BLUE! Losing him feels no different to all than losing a human officer. RIP Fang.

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Deserves 20 minimum for carjacking, and killing a Police dog!!!! Brillo-pad braised punk!

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

20-25 years!

angeleyes
angeleyes

SOB how can he be alive after doing what he did. Sorry, couldn't read the article, too much crying in the morning does not start my day off well. K9 Fang and his partner were one of my favorite partnerships. when are they going to upgrade the choices of POSs like this that hurt or kill our K9s. Put it on a ballot people, do something to protect them. So very sad for his brothers in blue.

Bigoak
Bigoak

Very sad. Condolences to the police officer partner. Way too many car jackings by these young hoodlums.

Mrdan
Mrdan

5 years is now where near what he should get a police dog is the same as a human police officer you kill a cop or k9 it should be life for. Anyone including Mr popcorn pant saging asshole

Gramercy
Gramercy

What a beautiful animal! May the Lord be with those who shared their love with and for him..and may the Lord also punish the KILLER with His Almighty wrath!

61mouse
61mouse

So he only gets 5 yrs. for killing a police officer ?

61mouse
61mouse

Should have let the 2nd K9 maul him or they should have.goven the ass a 3rd eye

61mouse
61mouse

He better be tried as an adult and not a juvenile

Bambie
Bambie

Only 17! That’s a shame!! Tried him as an adult RIP to the police dog. With today’s society and all the court wrangling this is going to go through tax payers will pick up the tab this world is getting worse

PoohBear1
PoohBear1

This just breaks my heart and also pisses me off. The penalty for hurting or killing a police dog should be the same for hurting or killing a human police officer!!!!!!!

Snooper
Snooper

I am very sorry for your tremendous loss. RIP Officer Fang.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Only 5 years for murdering a K9 Officer? He should at least get life without parole.

Saints
Saints

This "17" year old good for nothing!! Should be tried as an ADULT for this known crime he did "am sure is not the first time"... kidnapping "2 counts", murder of a police K9!!!.... take this burden away from society!!!!......

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Anyone ANYONE, injuring or killing a police service animal should get a minimum of 10 to 20 years period.

GForce48
GForce48

This thug has served notice to all law abiding citizens that he is incapable of walking freely among us! How will we respond? His justice should be swift and VERY SEVERE!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Condolences to Deputy Herrera on the loss of your K9 partner Fang. Know that he will be patiently waiting for you at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.

Marxest
Marxest

Sad to hear about the dog, K9 Fang. But dogs aren't "murdered". Human beings are murdered. Dogs are killed, put down, euthanized. Murder is only for humans.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Poor baby and after having him for 10 years, I can imagine how much this hurt the officer....I always say the hardest part about owning a furever friend is when they pass...As for the scumbag who shot him, glad to see he will be serving 5 years for shooting Fang, and much more hopefully for carjacking...17 years old and already a vicious criminal....Nice start to your criminal life young man...Hope you meet a nice boyfriend while behind bars and he falls madly in love with you if you know what I mean!!!

MamaDxo
MamaDxo

ONLY 5 years????? There goes our "lovely system" again! This POS should certainly be tried as an adult (no BS about him "not knowing what he was doing because he was JUST 17!" he KNEW) AND get the same punishment as he would for MURDERING a human Officer! ***For the poster that said "dogs aren't MURDERED, they are KILLED", hate to bust your know-it-all bubble, but to MANY MANY folks out there, DOGS are just as much our FAMILY as humans", we ALL beg to differ with you! Obviously, you have a twisted definition of murder! #givetheposlwop #bluelivesmatter #k9livesmatter #thinblueline #ibacktheblue #myson

Akitas5
Akitas5

Akitas5 This teenager who we call a human deserves LIFE for killing a K9 Officers. As all criminals get more than 5 years for murdering a police officer. K9 Fang was just that, A K9 Officer who served the force with dignity and respect. RIP Sweet K9 Fang.

ITAngel
ITAngel

RIP K9 Fang. Condolences to Deputy Herrera and all the other officers and families. This scumbag that shot him needs to be tried as an adult and get more than 5 years for murdering K9 Fang because he is a police officer also.

TigsMama
TigsMama

5 years for killing a K9 police officer an insult! Their training is extensive and ongoing. They will protect their fellow officers without hesitation. They are loyal, fun and loving. They are part of a huge family that has to deal with loosing one of their own - a fellow officer. Fang deserves justice. A 17 year old wanted to be an adult, he had a gun like an adult! guess what - he should be tried as an adult. Time to change some laws Jacksonville!

vwiles34
vwiles34

And this little POS still looking defiant as hell knowing nothing will happen to him because he's a juvenile. They should try his brillo head ass as an adult and give him the max on each offense. Two counts of kidnapping, carjacking, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, eluding and killing a police dog. He'd be set until he could get social security. But it won't happen because he's a good boy who goes to church. And he was just scared. And he was just giving those two women directions because they were lost.

RIP K9-Fang and Condolences to his brothers in blue.