St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Breed German Shepherd
Age: 2 Years
Cause of death: Drowned
Suspect: In Custody
K9 Baron drowned while apprehending a suspect wanted for felony narcotics distribution.
The subject had fled on foot after deputies responded to a disturbance at a home on Twin Aspen Circle. K9 Baron and his handler were tracking the man when they came upon a fence. His handler lifted him over the fence, and as the handler went over the fence she heard K9 Baron engage the suspect. She located Baron a short time later in a body of water. It is believed that the man intentionally drowned Baron during the Baron’s apprehension.
The subject continued to flee but turned himself in the following day.
K9 Baron had served with the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office for 1-1/2 years and conducted tracking and apprehension missions.