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Kill A Texas K-9 And You Could Be Looking At Life In Prison

Texans are paying close attention to the story of convict Matthew Mireles and the fatal shooting of beloved K9, Chucky.

Matthew Mireles killed an unprotected K-9 named Chucky and was just sentenced to life in prison. 

Known gang member, Matthew Mireles was convicted back in December 2021 of firing a single fatal shot at the K-9 officer, Chucky, during a chase involving Bexar County Sheriff Officers in 2019. Mireles will now serve a life sentence in prison.

Here is a video from the trial that took place in San Antonio provided by KSAT 12.


Mireles was found guilty on all counts, which included; aggravated assault of a police officer, evading arrest, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to the Bexar County district attorney's office, Mireles was a seasoned Mexican gang member with nine prior felony convictions. 

Was it the prior convictions or the fact that our Texas K-9 units are seen as beloved officers and not just "pets" that lead to the life sentence for Mireles?

We could speculate that it's a little of both.

During Mireles's trial, it was offered that, "Mireles had no respect for life and had been shooting at all of the officers at the scene before Chucky rushed in and ultimately lost his life."

Unfortunately, Chucky, while in pursuit of Mireles, was not wearing his protective gear which may have helped to save his life, but there was no time for the K9 team to suit him up during the incredible pursuit.

Mireles had been taunting police to shoot him after a high-speed chase led to the shooting death of Chucky.

Will the sentencing of Mireles lead to stricter laws to help protect the animals that protect us? 

In the Crossroads, we have just purchased new body armor for not one but two of our beloved K9s who serve to protect our community as part of our K9 unit of the Victoria Police Department.

You can read more about VPD K9s Maverick and Rogue getting new armor in the button below. 



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