K-9 With Medal of Valor Catches Two Suspects in Florida

Miguel Moreno
By Miguel Moreno
March 1, 2019US News
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Two suspects were caught by a K-9 officer named Endo after they allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven in Ormond Beach, Florida. Security camera and body camera video of the incident were released by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Security camera footage showed the two suspects entering a 7-Eleven equipped with masks and a gun around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. They forced the clerk to fill a duffel bag with money and fled in a white SUV, leading police on a high-speed chase.

The SUV then crashed after officers used stop sticks to deflate its tires, and the suspects ran into some nearby trees to hide.

Mugshot of Jamier Robert Scott.
Mugshot of Jamier Robert Scott. (Flagler County Sheriff)
Mugshot of Darryl Duff.
Mugshot of Darryl Duff. (Flagler County Sheriff’s Office)

Jamier Scott and Daryll Duffy—both 28 years old—could soon be seen on a police officer’s body camera footage with the German Shepard clamped to one of their legs, leading to their arrests.

The men were transported to a local hospital for injuries. Both suspects were charged with resisting arrest and robbery with a firearm, among other charges.

"Really appreciate the medals… Now let's get back to work." K-9 Endo and Deputy Whitson on the job during yesterday's…

Posted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

K-9 Takes A Bullet in the Neck

K-9 Endo has left his mark in law enforcement and apprehending criminals over the years.

In 2015, the K-9 and his handler, Deputy Brett Whitson, responded to a domestic disturbance in Deltona that resulted in one female victim shot and the suspect committing suicide, according to the sheriff’s office’s release.

During the melee, the K-9 was shot in the neck, but “Endo didn’t let up for a moment and was poised, vigilant and more than willing to re-engage the suspect,” read the release.

K9 Endo from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office is doing great at home with his handler after being shot in the neck by…

Posted by Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association- FLECA on Sunday, 8 November 2015

On Feb. 9, 2016, Endo was awarded the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart for his deed in 2016—the first time such an award was given to a K-9.

“This dog did exactly what he was trained to do,” said former Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, according to the report. “If it wasn’t for this dog, it’s very likely we could have lost deputies. And it’s really amazing that we didn’t lose the dog.”

After twelve days of recovery Endo was back in action. Since then, the K-9 has been the star of other police body camera videos.

One of our friends from New Smyrna Beach High School was confident enough to allow us to throw his keys into a field for K-9 Endo. We had a good time hosting these kids from the Criminal Justice Academy at our Communications Center, in our state-of-the-art Crime Center and out at Training for a look at some of the things we have to offer young people interested in law enforcement careers — sworn and civilian.

Posted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, 30 March 2017

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