Officer involved shooting – NRH Police K9 struck.
On January 14, 2019 at approximately 7:15 pm North Richland Hills Officers were dispatched to assist Watauga Police Department regarding a suicidal adult male subject armed with a handgun. The call originated in Watauga from a family member. During the investigation a pursuit with the subject ensued, ending in North Richland Hills off Caracas Dr and Trinidad Dr. The subject failed to comply with officers commands and exited the vehicle. Just shortly before 9:00 pm, the subject confronted officers with his weapon, at which point multiple officers fired their weapons, striking the subject. During the incident a North Richland Hills Police K9 was struck.
The male subject was transported to JPS hospital by ground ambulance where he is receiving treatment, but his current condition is unknown. The Police K9 was also transported and is currently receiving treatment. The identity of the K9 will be released once an update is received from the K9 handler.
We ask that you keep the injured K9 and all involved in your thoughts and prayers.
*Update 1/15/19 – 1:00 am – The male subject is out of surgery at this time and considered stable. NRHPD K9 Koba is currently in surgery – his handler & Chief Perdue are with him. An update will be provided when it becomes available.
7:45 am update – K9 Koba did well throughout the surgery and is now recovering from his injuries. We thank you all for your continued support for K9 Koba and the department.
01/15/19, 1:51 pm update – We can confirm officers attempted to use less lethal options, which were unsuccessful. After officers deployed less lethal options, the suspect fired at officers, at which point officers returned fire striking the suspect. The investigation is still in its early stages and we are currently trying to piece together what transpired during the exchange of gunfire.
K9 Koba is a four year old and is part Dutch Shephard and part Belgian Malinois. Koba and his handler have been together for two and a half years. Koba is a dual purpose K9, trained in both patrol functions as well as narcotics detection. Koba was wearing a vest when he was injured during this incident which we believe saved his life.
Suspect information: Jamie Ramirez, 47 year old, white male. No mugshot on file.
Our community is wondering how they can help and where to send cards for our handler and Koba. Please send cards to ATTN: K9 Officer Koba, 4301 City Point Dr., N. Richland Hills, TX 76180
01/16/19, 4:44pm update: Your thoughts and prayers for Koba, our officers, and our department are greatly appreciated. We have the best community and have received support from as far as Australia!
Koba is still receiving care for his injuries. Please continue your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.
We can confirm Koba was hit with at least two rounds of gunfire, with one most likely being a ricochet. As the investigation continues planned ballistic testing will hopefully help us determine from where exactly those rounds were fired.
Media Relations Coordinator – Carissa Katekaru