K9 Jax Dies
Photo & Notice Courtesy: Milpitas Police Department
It is with great sorrow that the Milpitas (CA) Police Department announces the unexpected passing of one of their own, K9 Jax.
On March 6, 2017, K9 Jax was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic due to an unforeseen medical condition. Jax was immediately taken into surgery but he tragically succumbed to his condition and passed away.
Jax and his partner, Officer Ryon Lawson, were members of the Milpitas Police Department K9 Unit since 2014 and were assigned to the Field Services Division.
Jax made an immediate impact on crime upon hitting the street. On his second day as a police service dog, Jax located a weapon used in an attempted armed robbery that had been discarded by a suspect. A year later he would assist in the search for a suspect who had led officers on a vehicle pursuit and collided with two officers in an effort to evade capture. Jax searched for nearly 2 ½ hours and located the suspect hiding in a backyard.
Officer Lawson and Jax were scheduled to attend the SWAT and K9’s Interacting During Deployment School (SKIDDS), along with SWAT officers later this year. This would have enabled them to have been the second SWAT K9 team in the department’s history. Their level of commitment to the K9 program was exceptional.
While Jax was a great asset on the street, he was a great ambassador for the City of Milpitas and Milpitas Police Department. Officer Lawson and Jax participated in numerous public and school events throughout the city. The duo made hundreds of positive contacts with schools, children, and adults alike.
Jax will be missed by all.