LAS VEGAS, NV– Last week, 57-year old Jeffrey Holland (allegedly) stabbed a police K9 in the neck multiple times.
Today, Law Enforcement Today has good news and bad news.
The good news: K9 Kimura survived the attack. He was released from the hospital and returned home with his handler, Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Nick Bachman, for recovery.
— Las Vegas News (@LasVegas_NV_USA) April 16, 2020
The bad news: Despite the fact that Holland attempted to kill the police dog, he was released without bond, on his own recognizance, from jail while awaiting trial.
Police attempted a traffic stop on Holland last week for a traffic warrant. Once stopped, Holland got out of his car, brandished a knife, and ran into a nearby apartment complex.
Holland reportedly was inside one of the apartments for a period of time, when he came back out still holding the knife.
LVMPD K9 Kimura is reunited with his partner Officer Bachman after suffering several stab wounds while taking a suspect into custody Monday night. Kimura is expected to make a full recovery thanks to the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care animal hospital staff. pic.twitter.com/c8utnhp5a0
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) April 15, 2020
After refusing to comply, and eventually advancing towards officers with the knife, Kimura was deployed to attempt to get Holland into custody.
Holland stabbed Kimura an estimated 13 times in the neck before he was finally taken into custody.
The man who stabbed K9 Kimura 13 times Monday night has been released from jail.
57yr old Jeffrey Holland who was charged w/ felony resisting, attempt to kill police animal &more was released by a judge & is free until his June court date.
— Christina M. Roof (@Christina_Roof) April 18, 2020
Holland was placed under arrest for resisting police with a deadly weapon (not a gun), torture/injure/poison/attempt to kill police animal and operating a vehicle with expired registration.
Thursday, the judge ruled that Holland could be released until his trial in June.
Kimura was rushed to a veterinary surgery center at Tropicana and Durango. He’s expected to make a full recovery after he goes through a rehabilitation program.
K9 Officer Kimura is now recovering from being stabbed taking down a suspect.
Give him a “Get Well Soon!” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cCIkIOxMYv
— Sam Peters for Congress-Nevada's 4th District (@SamPetersNevada) April 16, 2020
Holland showed a propensity for murderous violence on a police animal when he was stopped for something as simple as a traffic warrant.
For the safety of LVMP, let’s hope he doesn’t come in contact with police again.
Voice your concerns over K9 Kimura's attacker being released to some of Las Vegas' leaders & the judge himself:
— Christina M. Roof (@Christina_Roof) April 19, 2020
Kimura is a three-year old Dutch Shepherd. Law Enforcement Today wishes Kimura well on his road to recovery.
Police use the best of the best K9’s they can get their hands on. These dogs are smart, loyal, and tough.
Last month, Law Enforcement Today told you about another K9 injured in the line of duty who survived being attacked by a suspect.
Here it is again in case you missed it.
On February 28th, a Moses Lake Police K9 named Chief was shot by a fleeing suspect, according to a post shared by the department’s Facebook page.
Thankfully, all signs are pointing to a healthy recovery for K9 Chief, but optimism wasn’t as high when K9 Chief was first shot.
K9 Chief was alongside his handler, Officer Nick Stewart, while in pursuit of 22-year-old Jose Rivera. The suspect was apparently wanted in connection with several robberies while being pursued by police.
Moses Lake Police Chief Fuhr stated that while the officer and K9 were chasing the suspect, Rivera had produced a gun and shot K9 Chief in his left eye. In response, Officer Stewart returned fire, fatally striking the suspect.
Amazingly, K9 Chief wasn’t killed after getting shot. He was eventually transferred over to the Washington State University’s Veterinary Unit due to the severity of his injuries. However, the days following the K9 officer’s injuries were tense.
One update provided by the MLPD the day following the shooting stated:
“Our K9 that was shot last night remains in stable condition, and veterinary personnel were able to remove his breathing tube today. It is encouraging that the dog can maintain his own airway, and we are hopeful a recovery will be possible.
The woods are dark and cold, and he is nowhere near out of them yet, but at least he is walking.”
Yet, as of March 2nd, it looks as though K9 Chief will be scheduled to head on home within 24 hours. A recent update from the department stated:
“If all goes well, K9 Chief will be headed back home to Moses Lake on Wednesday. He has long road ahead of him to heal, but all signs are good at this point.”
From what the latest update says, even though K9 Chief was shot in the eye, his skull was not penetrated by the bullet. While he has lost the eye, the only other damage done by the bullet was breaking his jaw. Apparently K9 Chief is even back to eating now and has surgery scheduled pertaining to his lost eye.
The MLPD is pleased to see the community support that has rallied around the wounded K9 officer:
“While there will be a more comprehensive thank you post when we can catch our breath, we have been overwhelmed by the care of this community toward the officers of our department during this difficult time.
It is great to see and feel the support. Thank you.”
We too hope that K9 Chief has a full and speedy recovery. While it’s awful to know that he was injured in the line of duty, it wonderful to see him persevere against a once-grim outlook on possible outcomes.
Of course, when you hear about some of the training that certain K9 officers undergo, you’d see just what makes these four-legged additions to the force so special.
LET had the opportunity to tour the United States facility that is training elite police, military and civilian canine teams.
According to the group:
“AK9I has designed a unique training program with focus on two primary target applicant groups. The first group is US military veterans, active military members and civilians pursuing a canine career in law enforcement or commercial security services.
The second group is law enforcement agencies (LEA), particularly those with budget constrictions.”
AK9I is a premier K-9 solutions provider located close to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. With over 176 acres of training grounds, onsite dormitories, and a beautifully maintained and fully staffed 226 run kennel.
AK9I has a multitude of offsite training locations to enhance the training experience such as abandoned schools, a decommissioned battleship, parks, massive car lots, local businesses, and more.
They also have an explosive range and lab on property through a robust partnership with Point One USA that allows them to offer nearly unparalleled training on explosives. There are areas for ranges that can accommodate both live fire and simmunitions training. It is a one stop shop for your department’s K-9 needs.
They offer a 5-week single purpose detection dog course, a 6-week law enforcement specific handler course, an 8-week dual purpose handler course, and a 13-week handler/ trainer course.
According to James Overton, the Director of Marketing and Business Development, AK9I primarily trains:
“on the odor detection side, whether it be explosives, narcotics got dogs who are trained to find bed bugs. You’ve got dogs that are trained to find cadavers, electronics or currency or food. If it has an odor, you can train the dog to find it.
There are so many capabilities that the canine brings to the table that regular humans just can’t do. The military did a massive research study that determined the best way to detect explosives was a K-9.”
The staff of AK9I is comprised of former military and law enforcement that have extensive experience as K-9 handlers and trainers. They have trained dozens of local, state, and federal law enforcement K-9 handlers, as well as hundreds of DoD military working dog handlers.
The facility offers a phenomenal pool of dogs, such as German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retrievers, and Dutch Shepherds.
All of the canines have undergone extensive medical and physical screening and evaluations, and each comes with a one-year health guarantee. The designated handler, attends the facility and is paired with a canine partner and given the opportunity to bond.
AK9I offers a Patrol K-9 Operations Training course, which, according to their website includes:
The handler/canine team will be taught the basics of agility and obedience through obstacle course training and combat-related tasks such as long downs, vertical/horizontal carries, ladder climbs, window entries and tactical movements.
• Aggression Training includes:
• Single and multi-person apprehension
• Apprehension from vehicle
• Apprehension with gunfire
• Vehicle extractions
• Handler protection
• Prisoner escorts
• Recalls and call-outs
At the end of this portion of Patrol K-9 training, students will have a comprehensive understanding of canine drives (food, play, prey, hunt, defense, fight, and pack) and will be able to read and activate these canine drives as necessary to manage the canine’s behavior in aggression situations.
AK9I’s lead instructor Richard Thomason explained his desire to be part of this facility and its training methods;
“The reason I chose to come here was due to the fact that the program they had with the veterans, that really sparked the interest in myself to help these guys out. Not just to train the dogs, but to help them [the veterans] and to push them in the right direction.”
The facility has the unique ability to offer these courses to veterans under the GI Bill. As explained by their website; “AK9I has been approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA) to provide professional canine-focused education and training services under the GI Bill® All accepted students will select, bond, train, certify and depart with their selected canine upon successful course completion.
The cost of tuition, books, and training materials for our canine Handler and canine Trainer courses may be paid directly to AK9I by the VA.”
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This is particularly helpful for LEA that are interested in the program but that have budget constraints. As AK9I explains further, “An LEA officer wanting to go into K-9 and eligible via his/her military service could attend training under the GI Bill.
Thus, a local LEA or other first responder agency looking to add to an existing K-9 unit, or wanting to create one, can reduce the cost to do so by as much as $20,000.00.”
Britney Howard, a retired Air Force veteran stated,
“Coming to this school and it being paid for with the GI bill allowed me to do something that I love with people that know exactly what they’re talking about and it allowed me to boost my knowledge in the canine department.”
As explained by Overton, the canine teams are put through rigorous training scenarios. Every training scenario that is given to the dogs is a different ‘picture’ for the dogs and nighttime training is a completely different avenue that the dogs need to see in order to be acclimated to that when they encounter it in the real world.
“When you’re, when you’re tracking somebody at night, it looks different to the dog. Just like it looks different to us and it’s the same thing.
The sounds are different, the smells can be different sometimes. So we sort of expose the dog or those types of scenarios so that when they encounter them in the real world they react like they’re supposed to.” Overton said.
In regards to the teams that they are producing, Overton commented;
“We’re not making Tupperware. We’re ‘making stuff’ that guys are of putting their lives on the line with, you can’t have something that’s gonna fail on you.”
Overton had this to say about the use of canines:
“I see the canine road exploding over the next couple of years, especially on the civilian side.
With the security situation continuing to deteriorate here in the States, I think there’s going to be a lot more applications for dogs that people really didn’t see [like] using dogs as an active shooter deterrence in schools.
Or using them [more] for the cargo screening stuff, you know, with the TSA or FedEx or UPS.”
He went on to further explain:
“I see dogs being utilized a lot more and avenues like that, or even in a concert venue and the stadiums and any places where there’s a large congregation of people that can be a potential target. I see canines being used there.”
AK9I is also continually developing new programs as the market demands it.
“One of the programs that we’re looking at doing is for the active shooter deterrents in schools, “ Overton stated.
“We see that getting a lot of bipartisan support because we’re not putting another firearm in schools. We’re putting a canine team in schools. The canine solution is sort of a bridging solution that brings those two people together.”
Any departments, veterans or individuals that are interested in the canine handler training programs can contact American K-9 Interdiction directly at Tel: (757) 304-9600 or email: [email protected]
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