Hero Dog Awards - Bane


Opelika, Alabama

On 01/11/2022, Detective Taylor attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a van driven by the suspect, who had two confirmed outstanding felony probation warrants through the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect proceeded to flee from detectives, reaching speeds of 90 mph & barely avoiding other motorists. After a short pursuit, the suspect fled on foot. Detective Taylor began giving the suspect verbal warnings, letting him know that he would release his canine if he did not surrender. The suspect continued to flee on foot, so Taylor deployed his K9 partner Bane from his unit. Bane was able to apprehend the suspect however the suspect placed Bane in a headlock & began striking him in the ribs. After detectives were able to successfully detain the suspect, they discovered he had pulled a pistol from his jacket when he fled the vehicle. During Bane’s apprehension, the suspect dropped the pistol, which was located a short distance away. Detectives searched the suspect’s vehicle & located numerous controlled substances. K9 Bane & his handler received Meritorious Service Awards for their actions in safely apprehending a violent felon. Without the deployment of K9 Bane, the suspect admitted he would have shot at officers which could have resulted in injuries or loss of life.