Suspect Arrested in South Seattle, Officer and K-9 Injured

An officer and his K9 partner were injured this morning while attempting to take a suspect into custody in South Seattle.  The suspect was arrested, and both the officer and dog are expected to make full recoveries.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., a K9 officer and his partner responded to a report of a suspect violating a domestic violence court order at a residence in the 5600 block of South Avon Street. A check of the suspect’s criminal history showed that he had previous convictions for violating previous court orders, making this a felony.  The officer arrived and saw the suspect outside the home.  The  suspect immediately ran, and the officer and K9 gave chase. The suspect ran into a large bunch of  blackberry bushes and refused to come out. Police K9 Jedi went to seek out the suspect in the bushes. The suspect fought with Jedi, punching him multiple times in the nose and causing it to bleed. Jedi bit the suspect’s leg, and the officer was able to take the suspect into custody. The officer sustained a shoulder injury during the arrest.

The officer was transported to the hospital and was released after being treated for a minor injury. Jedi was taken to a local veterinary for medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

The 33-year-old suspect was taken to the hospital for his injuries before he was booked into the King County Jail for felony violation of the court order, felony assault and assault of a police dog.

Police Dog Jedi