Nov 20, 2023

Suspect accused of killing Kansas sheriff's K9 during arrest

Posted Nov 20, 2023 2:00 PM
Kaylon Kirkwood
Kaylon Kirkwood

SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a suspect on multiple allegations including killing a Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office K9 during an arrest.

According to online jail records, police booked 24-year-old Kaylon Kirwood Thursday into the Sedgwick County Jail on requested charges of inflict harm, disability or death to dog, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, battery of a law enforcement officer, violation of a protection order aggravated robbery, domestic battery and intimidation of a witness.  He could make a court appearance in the case this week.

Just before noon on Thursday, the Wichita Police Domestic intervention and Violence Reduction team was in the area of Pawnee and Rock attempting to locate a 24-year-old robbery suspect later identified as Kaylon Kirkwood according to Wichita Police Lt. Lieutenant Aaron Moses.

Just after noon, police located Kirkwood but he fled into a creek and barricaded himself in a storm drain and refused to come out.

Sheriff's deputies and police used extended leashes and sent K9 officers into the drain.  There was an altercation between the Kirkwood and  Sedgwick County Sheriff K9 Bane. The dog was pronounced deceased on scene, according to Moses.

PSD Bane was 8 years old and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 1 year.-photo Sedgwick Co. Sheriff
PSD Bane was 8 years old and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 1 year.-photo Sedgwick Co. Sheriff

Just after 2:30p.m. the Kirkwood was finally taken into custody and transported for treatment of minor injuries from the K9. After Kirwood was released, police booked him into the Sedgwick County Detention Center.

A necropsy will be performed on the K9 officer to determine the cause of death. Wichita Police are in charge of the investigation and will present the case to the district attorney's office, according Sheriff's Lt. Nathan Gibbs.