The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office announced yesterday that Sr. Cpl Chris Duhon has lost his K-9 partner. Duhon and his K-9, King, were working on tracking a suspect who had fled from a domestic violence call. The seven-year-old King sadly passed away in the line of duty. The Sheriff's office did not go into detail as to how King passed, but it is still a very sad story to hear.

Facebook, Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office
Facebook, Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office

King was scheduled for retirement the day of his passing, according to a Facebook post by Sr. Cpl Duhon's wife. She described the bond the two had together while working and Duhon's faith in King's ability to do his job each and every time.

The team of Duhon and King was indeed a good combination as was made evident in 2017 when they received the National Police Canine Association Quarterly Award for their effort in a domestic battery complaint. King was able to enter the residence and apprehend the suspect who was brandishing a weapon. As Duhon entered the residence after King, they found the suspect attempting to strike and choke King. According to the article on the CPSO website about the award, King never gave up. Duhon and the other deputies were able to apprehend the suspect.

In 2019, the dynamic deputy duo were awarded the 2018 Honorable Mention from the National Canine Association after they were able to apprehend a suspect fleeing on foot. The suspect had just attempted to run a Lake Charles Police Officer over. The suspect was tracked by King for 120 yards and was found hiding in a shed by the K-9.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated on the Calcaiseu Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page,

Our K-9's are like members of our family. We are all heartbroken over the death of K-9 King. When a member of our family dies, we all hurt.

K-9 King will have an honors funeral to be set at a later date.

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