Retired Sacramento K9 Bandit Dies

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SACRAMENTO — Another Sacramento police K9 has died, according to the Sacramento Police Canine Association.

Retired K9 Bandit died Wednesday in the company of his partner, Detective Gary Dahl, his family and veterinary staff.

During Bandit’s eight-year career in Sacramento he was responsible for the location and capture of hundreds of dangerous suspects and the seizure of large amounts of illegal narcotics.

In 2010, Bandit was shot in his neck by a home invasion suspect while saving the life of his partner and two small children inside the house. Bandit returned to full duty just three months later.

While apprehending violent suspects, Bandit was kicked, choked, fell through ceilings and was knocked down stairs. Bandit did not waiver and never quit his fight against crime.

Through it all, one of Bandit’s favorite things was to get belly rubs from school kids.

Bandit retired in January 2015. It was not until recently that complications arose due to his age that forced his family to say goodbye.

Plans for services for Bandit will be announced in the near future.