KILLINGLY, CT- A police K-9 is being hailed a hero after the the amazing officer managed to track down two juvenile suspects who are accused of breaking into a home and shooting a man in the face with a pellet gun.

The robbery that took place inside the Connecticut home on Tuesday led to one of the victims needing medical treatment at a nearby hospital.

The story shows just how vital the K-9 companions are to our officers when trying to locate suspects.

According to reports, the incident had taken place at around 5:30 p.m. this past Tuesday at a home located off of Litchfield Avenue in the town of Killingly. Troopers were called out to a residence after a call came in stating that someone inside the house had been shot on the face.

When authorities had arrived on the scene, one of the victims had told them that he was downstairs inside the house when he heard someone enter his home.

When the victim went to see who had unexpectedly barged into the house, he was greeted by two masked men; which then led to a physical altercation playing out.

The first victim to have encountered the burglars wound up sustaining a laceration on his right hand, while his roommate was shot with a pellet gun slightly below his right eye. The victims stated that the robbers then took off with an unknown sum of money after assaulting to two residents.

After police had gathered statements, one of the victims was transported over to the Day Kimball Hospital for treatment.

This is where the amazing K-9, Broko, came into play in helping locate where the suspects had run off to.

Broko was able to track the suspects scent for over one-eighth of a mile down the road, eventually alerting the troopers to the front door of a home.

The two juvenile suspects were located inside the house that Broko had hit on while tracking, leading to the arrest of a 15-year-old and 17-year-old alleged to have committed the robbery.

According to a Facebook post put up by the Connecticut State Police on January 1st, the 17-year-old suspect that is in custody had admitted to being the one to shoot the victim below the eye with the pellet gun.

Both of the juveniles in this case are being charged with burglary in the first degree, assault in the third degree, assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment second degree, robbery in the first degree, larceny in the sixth degree, and breach of peace.

According to the state police, the 15-year-old suspect was already on probation as well.

As a result of the recent publicity K-9 Broko got online from the state police, he’s amassed quite the online fanbase.

One Facebook user, Rosemary Blair, not only gave accolades to the accomplished K-9, but also detailed the value they represent to departments all over:

“These K9 officers are so very important in not only saving lives but protecting their partners. I see more arrests, and more lost residents found. God Bless our awesome k9s. Thanks for all you do.”

Of course, some other users online took a more playful route as a means to congratulate the K-9, as mentioned by Rose Magdziak:

“Good work K9 Broko! Give that officer a box of treats!”

Dogs have an enormous history in law enforcement, with roots dating back to the first formally trained police K-9s cropping up in Ghent, Belgium in 1899.

When police forces here in the United States started incorporating them in departments around the 1970’s, the efficiency of police work has improved greatly and also culminated amazing relationships between the K-9s and their human partners.

From us here at Law Enforcement Today, we too would like to wish Broko a job well done!

Ever wonder what goes into training these incredible K-9’s?  We went to one of America’s premiere facilities recently to check it out.

Not all canines are created equal. 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.

Police K-9 hunts down teens accused of breaking into home and shooting homeowner in the face



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.

Police K-9 hunts down teens accused of breaking into home and shooting homeowner in the face

James Overton, AK9I


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.

Police K-9 hunts down teens accused of breaking into home and shooting homeowner in the face



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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Police K-9 hunts down teens accused of breaking into home and shooting homeowner in the face


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.”

AK9I – Discover Your Purpose

Whether you are a transitioning service member or veteran looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in the K-9 world, a first responder looking to augment your department’s capability, or a civilian looking to break in to the K-9 industry AK9I has the facility, staff, and experience to help accomplish that goal. AK9I is approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency to provide education and training under Chapter 33 of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In addition to being able to utilize your education benefits to cover the cost of the course, we include a K-9, from proven working lines that has passed rigorous screening, as well as housing in our new dorm rooms during the course at NO ADDITIONAL COST! We also offer additional training beyond what other schools offer on regular odor detection. With our state of the art explosives lab, and EOD range on our premises thanks to our strategic partnership with Point One USA, our students get unparalleled training on IED recognition and home made explosives. We have top notch instructors in the areas of patrol operations to help those students interested in dual purpose dogs that fine tune their K-9 partners to be formidable assets for their organization. With 200 acres of training area, and dozens of off site locations designed to replicate every scenario you’ll encounter in the field, as well as a state of the art kennel facility, AK9I is your complete solution for all things K-9.Visit to learn more!

Posted by AK9I on Monday, September 2, 2019


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.

AK9I – Life Saving Training in Virginia

These dogs can be trained to detect anything from drugs to explosives to USB drives. Check out how AK9I is leading the pack training these animals for high-threat law enforcement and military scenarios.

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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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