SEDGWICK COUNTY—Members of law enforcement K9 units from across Kansas traveled to Wichita Wednesday to pay their respects to Sedgwick County Sheriff K9 Bane.
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The service for Bane, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois that the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office used in high-risk situations, was held at the Extension Center located at 7001 W 21st N in Wichita.
Kaylon Kirwood, 24, Wichitaa, is accused of killing Bane is jailed on more than $1 million bond. He made his first appearance this week on a felony count of battery against a law enforcement officer and harming or killing certain dogs, Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Dillon said in an email.
Wichita Police Department spokesperson Juan Rebolledo said police had been looking for the man in connection with a domestic battery case. When they spotted him on Nov. 16, he ran into a nearby creek bed and then entered a large storm drain.
Wichita Police Lt. Aaron Moses said Bane and a Wichita police K-9 were both released on extended leashes into the storm drain.
Rebolledo said the suspect then strangled Bane. First responders tried to resuscitate Bane for 30 to 40 minutes. Moses said the other dog wasn’t injured.
Bane used to work for the Wichita Police Department. His handler there died of cancer last year.