Pasco Police K9 helps arrest man who assaulted an officer

PASCO, Wash. — Pasco K9 Elan teamed up with authorities from multiple agencies to arrest a wanted suspect who assaulted an officer to evade arrest on Sunday afternoon.

According to a Facebook post by the Pasco Police Department, a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officer located the suspect in the area of the Pasco Boat Basin around 2:25 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. Authorities say that the officer wasn’t answering his radio, which caused dispatch to send local troopers to check on the officer and report back to Pasco Police.

Troopers and police officers responded to the scene and discovered that the suspect assaulted the officer and fled the area. Local authorities surrounded the area to locate the suspect when Trooper Wes Cook saw the suspect run into a nearby garage.

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Police reached out to the homeowner, who confirmed that no one should be in the garage at that time. Officer Josh Madsen and K9 elan arrived at the scene to assist.

Authorities repeatedly made announcements, calling the suspect by name to let him know that the K9 would search for him. They asked the suspect to surrender cooperatively, but he failed to comply. K9 Elan quickly sniffed him out, alerting police to a pickup truck parked in the garage. Officers searched it and made contact with the suspect, who was hiding in the truck.

The man complied with Pasco police officers and took him into custody without being touched by the dog. Washington State Patrol troopers took the suspect into custody for their assault on an office case.

K9 Elan celebrated a job well done with a drink and lots of pets from authorities on the scene.

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