Burglar of Occupied Residence Flees from Deputies, K9 Bane Seeks & Locates the Suspect Hiding in a Ditch
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an occupied residential burglary in progress. The suspect fled on foot as the Deputies arrived at the location. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in establishing a perimeter as Deputy Hilton and his partner K9 Bane began a track. K9 Bane located the suspect hiding in the tall grass and brush in a ditch where he was safely taken into custody.
On November 11, 2018, at approximately 5:00 a.m., the resident of a home located in the 2200 block of N. Government Way called 911 and reported hearing footsteps and loud banging inside her home. The victim stated she had locked herself in the bedroom and she continued to provide updated information on the noises.
Several Deputies responded to the location and approached the residence. Deputy Cinkovich heard a loud crash at the rear slider door and noticed a male, with a bandana over his face, trying to exit the door with several items in his hands.
Deputies announced themselves, demanded the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Bryan T. Ferguson, to stop and told him he was under arrest. Ferguson fled on foot, north into the trees with Deputies giving chase. Once they lost sight of the him, a perimeter was quickly established with the assistance of Spokane Police, Airway Heights Police and Kalispel Tribal Police Officers and Washington State Patrol Troopers.
Deputies contacted the victim and ensured she was safe.
Deputy Hilton and his partner K9 Bane arrived at the scene and began a track to locate Ferguson, as perimeter units gave multiple K9 announcements advising him a K9 would be used to find him if he did not surrender and if found by the K9, he could be bitten.
With no response to the K9 announcements, K9 Bane continued to lead the Deputies through the thick brush and wooded areas. During the track, K9 Bane located a hat and a coat, which matched the ones worn by Ferguson. Near the intersection of Government Way and Houston, with additional K9 announcements going unanswered, K9 Bane tracked into a small ditch and made contact with Ferguson as he tried to conceal himself in the tall weeds and brush.
Ferguson was provided medical attention but refused to answer questions of any kind and would not identify himself.
Ferguson, a convicted felon, was later transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail where his identify was discovered along with a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) felony warrant and a felony warrant in Lincoln county for multiple counts of Burglary. Ferguson was also charged with new charges of Residential Burglary, Theft 2nd Degree, Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree and Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree, stemming from this incident.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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