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Virginia State Police K-9 dies days after overheating amidst search for hit-and-run suspects

Duke joined VSP in 2016 at 8 months old

K-9 Duke
K-9 Duke (Virginia State Police)

SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. – Law enforcement officers across Virginia are mourning the loss of a Virginia State Police K-9 that died Monday.

On Saturday afternoon, K-9 Duke was assisting with the search for subjects who fled from a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County when his handler, Trooper Lewis, noticed Duke was overheated, according to Virginia State Police.

Lewis took Duke to an emergency vet to be treated; however, despite his condition improving after receiving fluids and blood transfusions, Duke died on Monday night.

Lewis and his family were by Duke’s side when he died, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Duke joined Virginia State Police in 2016 at 8 months old and was a beloved member of the Culpeper Division Area 12/Warrenton Office.

Duke received a hero’s escort Monday night.

Video from Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
Video from Fauquier County Sheriff's Office

K-9 teams from Fauquier County, Culpeper County, Manassas City, Manassas Park, Fairfax County, Prince William County and Virginia State Police all took part in Duke’s final ride.

About the Author:

Kamryn Buza joined 10 News as an intern in September 2021.