K9 Gunnar Assists Deputies Arrest Burglar of an Occupied Home Who Fails to Surrender
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a homeowner reporting she was home alone and noticed someone was inside her residence. Arriving Deputies ensured the victim was safe and quickly secured the scene. The suspect barricaded himself inside the master bed/bath room where K9 Gunnar aided in his safe apprehension.
On November 5, 2018, at approximately 2:10 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a residence located in the 16000 block of E. 5th Ave. in Spokane Valley.
The homeowner stated she walked upstairs from the basement to the master bedroom and noticed dresser drawers where open and had been ransacked. She also heard noises coming from someone still inside her residence. She returned to the basement and barricaded herself in room and called 9-1-1.
Arriving Deputies contacted the victim in the front yard of the residence and ensured she was safe.
With permission, Deputies entered the residence and began to search for the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Cody M. Sutton. The entire home was cleared with the exception of the master bedroom where Deputies found the door was locked from the inside. Hearing loud noises coming from the room, several commands for Sutton to peacefully surrender went unanswered.
With Sutton failing to answer or surrender, and not knowing if he was armed with a weapon while he remained barricaded inside behind a locked door, Deputy Jason Hunt and his partner K9 Gunnar were called to the scene to assist.
Several K9 announcements, advising Sutton a K9 would be used to search the home and he needed to surrender or he would be bitten, were ignored.
With Sutton’s decision to ignore commands to surrender, the bedroom door was breached and K9 Gunnar was deployed into the room. K9 Gunnar searched and alerted on the closed and locked bathroom door. Again, K9 announcements were given but Sutton continued to make the poor decision to ignore commands and peacefully surrender.
The bathroom door was breached and K9 Gunnar was deployed. K9 Gunnar quickly located Sutton attempting to hide on top of the vanity and made contact with him. Sutton remained defiant and would not follow commands to show his hands and surrender. K9 Gunnar removed Sutton from the vanity causing him to fall to the ground where he started to follow commands and was safely taken into custody.
Sutton told Deputy Hunt he is a meth/heroin user and he had been awake for 4 days. He heard the K9 warnings but he wanted to call his girlfriend and chose not to surrender, believing he would somehow get away.
Sutton was provided medical attention prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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