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In response to inquiries, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is updating the following information pertaining to Sheriff K-9 Brock.

It is with great sadness the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announces the death of Sheriff K-9 Brock. On January 18, 2018, K-9 Brock was serving alongside his partner and handler Corporal William Rishel, on a training exercise with police recruits at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy. During the training, K-9 Brock and Cpl. Rishel were traversing a metal staircase when K-9 Brock’s foot/leg slipped through an open grate. As a result, his leg was severely injured. K-9 Brock was immediately transported to a veterinarian hospital for evaluation and treatment. After evaluation and consultation with veterinarian staff, K-9 supervision, and the handler, it was determined no option provided K-9 Brock the quality of life this hardworking, noble animal deserved; as a result, K-9 Brock was humanely euthanized.

Sheriff K-9 Brock was a four year old German Shepherd certified and cross-trained in Patrol functions as well as Narcotics Detection. K-9 Brock faithfully served the citizens of St. Mary’s County for three years, and resided with his partner Cpl. Rishel for the duration of his time with the Sheriff’s Office. During K-9 Brock’s time on the force, he provided direct support to the Patrol Division, participated in many K-9 demonstrations, and accompanied his partner to schools in St. Mary’s County to assist with career day and educational programs. Sheriff K-9

Brock was a beloved member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the K-9 Unit and the Rishel family at this time.