K9 Axel was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a stabbing suspect.
The Charleston Police Department was notified that a man wanted on a felony warrant was at the 100 block of East Point Drive. When they arrived, the suspect fled into the woods behind the house. When K9 Axel apprehended him, the suspect shot at the officers, but K9 Axel was hit with the bullet, saving the lives of his partner and another officer. Officers returned fire, killing the suspect.
K9 Axel had served with the Charleston Police Department for almost one year.