Koton was a German Shepherd K9 Police Officer of the Kansas City, Missouri police department. He was teamed with Officer Patterson for two years and was responsible for more than 24 felony arrests at the time of his death. In 1991, Koton was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a suspect in the murder of a police officer. Ten days before his death, Koton found ten kilos of cocaine worth more than 1.2 million dollars. Koton's recorded date of death is 18 November 1991. While acting in the film "K-9", Koton's character was also shot over drugs, by a criminal played by Kevin Tighe, but he recovered after Belushi's character thought he had died.