Suspect Makes “Good Choice” to Surrender after He’s Located by K9 Bane
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Hilton and his partner K9 Bane located a male suspect after he was discovered inside a residence by the homeowner and fled on foot. The suspect made the good choice to announce his location, follow commands, and surrender to Deputies, after K9 Bane tracked from the residence and into the woods where the suspect was hiding.
On October 6, 2018 at approximately 3:15 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report where the victim stated he had just found an unknown male inside his home located in the 28600 block of W. Long Lake Rd.
The victim told Deputies he heard someone inside his home and went to investigate. He found an unknown male, later identified as 44-year-old Sean D. Hill, standing inside his residence. He confronted Hill, told him to leave and that he had called the police. Hill said he entered because he heard voices inside and would wait for the police as he went outside. Hill continued to walk away from the residence until he was out of the victim’s sight.
Deputy Hilton and K9 Bane arrived to assist Deputy Spencer and Deputy Reyes. Several K9 announcements were given advising Hill to surrender and if he did not, a K9 would be used to find him and he could be bitten but all of them went unanswered.
On lead, K9 Bane began to track to the southeast and around an open cattle gate before changing directions to the southwest, past an outbuilding to a four-foot wire fence. K9 Bane, persistent to continue the track past the fence, was given a command to jump. After clearing the fence, K9 Bane laid down as instructed by Deputy Hilton. The Deputies crossed the fence before K9 Bane was allowed to continue his track. When Deputy Hilton noted a change in K9 Bane’s behavior, he gave another K9 announcement. With no reply, he gave a second announcement and heard Hill say, “I give up! I give up!”. Hill, who was hiding in a wooded tree line a short distance away, complied with commands and was taken into custody by Deputy Spencer and Deputy Reyes without incident.
Hill was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary, a felony.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
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