Hero Down: Tulare Police K9 Bane Murdered In Gun Battle With 3 Suspects

Holly Matkin

Tulare Police Department K9 Bane was killed in the line of duty on Sunday night.

Tulare, CA – Tulare Police Department K9 Bane died in the line of duty on Sunday night, when a trio of suspects exchanged gunfire with police after a high-speed chase through the county.

K9 Bane’s partner was shot in the arm and torso, but his ballistic vest likely saved his life, the Visalia Times Delta reported.

It was the duo’s first weekend working the streets together.

One suspect was killed during the shootout, another was “gravely” injured, and a third was arrested, police said.

“Tonight we had a very serious incident happen to some of our officers,” the Tulare Police Department said in a Facebook post. “It is not lost on us the seriousness of this matter that a human being lost their life tonight and another is fighting for theirs.”

“We are thankful that our officer’s physical injuries do not appear life threatening,” the department said. “We are grateful for our four-legged hero, Bane, and his selfless sacrifice.”

The tragic incident began at approximately 7 p.m., when Tulare police attempted to stop a vehicle with three occupants, the Visalia Times Delta reported.

The driver refused to pull over, and led officers on a pursuit through the county at speeds topping 100 miles per hour.

The late-model sedan ultimately pulled onto a rural road, at which point a “gun battle” ensued, Tulare Police Sergeant Jon Hamlin told the Visalia Times Delta.

During the exchange, K9 Bane and his partner were both struck by gunfire.

K9 Bane died at the scene, and his partner was rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds to his arm and chest, Sgt. Hamlin said.

One suspect was fatally shot, and a second suspect was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center with “life-threatening” bullet wounds.

The second suspect was taken into surgery.

The third suspect, who had been driving the sedan, took off again during the gunfight.

He soon came upon a police barricade, and was ordered out of the vehicle and taken into custody.

He was uninjured.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is handling the ongoing investigation, which includes multiple crime scenes, police said.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Monday, Tulare police escorted K9 Bane’s body to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the Visalia Times Delta reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tulare Police Department in the loss of K9 Bane.

Rest easy, hero. Your life mattered.

Comments (14)

Rest in peace, K9 Bane. Condolences to the Tulare PD and to your partner.

No. 1-7

In the not too distant past, this would have made a text-book "felony murder" case, but, well, this is California. My thoughts are with my brothers-in-law in Tulare.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

it may be a while before we know who shot the k9 unit -- hopefully there will be an update on bane's killer here at blue lives matter.


we need to fund that if suspects get into a gun battle and theyre injured they dont get medical they get to rot right there

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I guess the big questions at this point in time are as follows:

  1. who shot Bane: a police officer or a suspect or both (Bane may have been shot many times)?

  2. where is the dashcam and bodycam videos so that people can see whether this was a justified shooting

  3. why do the police not know the initial reason for the traffic stop? Police officers are supposed to know the reason. Was it a legal stop?

  4. why did the handler deploy Bane into the middle of a raging gunfight?

  5. What are the names of the Officers who fired shots at the suspects?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No criminal charges in connection with this incident yet. Sounds like the police may have killed Bane, the K9 unit.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The third suspect, Ware, was interrogated and later arrested. His arrest was captured on video.

He was booked into Tulare County Pretrial Facility and his bail set at $575,000.

He will now be released.

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