Suspect Jumps Off Bridge, Brings Police Dog Down With Him

StrykerStryker, a six-and-a-half year old police dog in San Diego, made the ultimate sacrifice.

When Stryker’s handler tried to pull over a motorist, the man refused to stop and a police chase began. The man ran a red light, hit another vehicle, and continued to evade authorities.

During the chase, the driver got out of his truck and Stryker was released to chase the man.

The dog bit the man and took the suspect down, but then the man got up and jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and took Stryker down with him. The two fell into the cold ocean water 200 feet below.

Stryker did not survive the fall. His body was recovered from the water. The man was rescued from the water and taken to the hospital.

A California Highway Patrol dispatcher said the suspect will be charged with causing Stryker’s death, driving under the influence and evading police. A felony charge of causing the dog’s death alone could include up to a four-year prison sentence.

Stryker had served with the Oceanside Police Department for more than five years.

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

(Thanks Peace2us)

12 Responses to “Suspect Jumps Off Bridge, Brings Police Dog Down With Him”

  1. Michelle says:

    How horrible! I sincerely hope that Stryker rests in peace. I also hope that that horrible man spends MANY years in prison for everything he has done! He probably hoped he would die when he jumped off the bridge, but I’m glad he didn’t because then he would never get the justice he deserves. Stryker, you will never be forgotten.

  2. Veronica says:

    I can’t read any more bad news on this site. I’m tired of hearing how brave animals keep dying, usually for no good reason (couldn’t the officer have shot the guy in the leg or something)? People are not worth losing animals over - this is disgusting.

  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    The selfish creep murdered the dog, plain and simple. The man should be put to death also. Stryker, you were the best of the best.

  4. NH says:

    And now our tax dollars will pay for this man’s trial and his incarceration. I hope somebody in jail drowns him in a toilet. Coward!

  5. Mewz says:

    “A felony charge of causing the dog’s death alone could include up to a four-year prison sentence.”

    Stryker was a police dog which in my book is the same as any police officer. So what is the sentence for killing a police officer? I’m sure it’s more than a mere 4 years.

    Sometimes the law does not seem fair when it comes to animals.

    Maybe it would have saved everyone alot of grief (and expense) if the man had not been rescued from the water.

  6. Lynn says:

    Poor Stryker.

    See sentencing in CA link below. The way I see it, it was deliberate. I read somewhere or heard that he picked the 75 pound dog up and hauled him off the bridge with him. 200′ drop. He KNEW it was a police dog and that sounds pretty intentional to me.

    Darned if I can find anything that clearly states a police dog falls under the umbrella of all police officers. But I know I heard that it was either passed or on the books to become law.

  7. dog collar addict says:

    what a sad story…RIP stryker

  8. Sylvia says:

    “Up to for years” for MURDER???? Doesn’t sound anywhere near justice to me. Too bad they rescued the guy - should have let him drown

  9. Sharon says:

    I don’t understand the concept of police dogs in the first place. Are all cops so inept that they need an animal to protect them and to do their job for them? If so, fire the bums and hire someone capable of doing the job on his own.

  10. Denise says:

    this really upset me. this person should be charged with murder just like if he had pulled down a police officer and the officer would have drowned instead of him. Just an example but this dog is an officer of the law. my son worked for 2 different police departments and they are officers. lets try and watch which judge does the trial on this and maybe we can write to him. take care everyone.

  11. Tanya says:

    What in heaven’s name does a trained working dog have to do with an officer being innept. Do you think we shoudln’t have rescue dogs (who also risk thier lives) simply because we have technology that could be used?

    Dogs in combat or combative situations like trained Police dogs provide intimidation without having to bring out guns; proved keen sense of smell, and keen awareness of danger that humans do not possess - no matter how well trained those humans are; and ultimatly, when it comes down to it, i’d rather have a dog die and the father or mother of 2 kids.

    Animals, like it or not, serve us, are our food stuffs, are there for helping us survive longer, etc. They are not there just to be pets. that is a very new role for them, infact.

  12. Peace2us says:


    Police dogs can detect drugs and explosives that no human being could possibly sense. A well trained dog and handler can track and catch fleeing suspects that have managed to elude non K9 units. The dog uses his keen sense of smell to track and the handler learns how to read his or her dog -to understand what the dog is “telling” him. They can track long distances through woods, yards, bushes, water, fields etc.

    They can also find missing children.

    I’ve seen first hand time and time again how phenomenally a well trained dog and handler can perform. The dog can also be much more intimidating then a human and can sometimes cause the suspect to give up with out fighting.

    There is a common phrase used in K9 work, “A dog is only as good as his handler.” It’s not one or the other, but BOTH the dog and human that make the team work. Both are invaluable to other officers and the communities they serve.

    Perhaps you could check with your local police force to see when their next K9 demonstration is scheduled to learn more about K9 units and how valuable they can be.

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