Police dog catches suspect

Suspect was arrested for pointing a firearm, breach of conditional supervision and uttering threats.

A police dog is being praised for leaping into action.

On Tuesday at about 1:50 p.m., Vernon RCMP officers were conducting inquiries in the 4200 block of 20th Street for an individual wanted on an outstanding warrant.

“They were very sure the suspect was in a residence and while they were working on gaining entry into place to arrest him, he took off,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“One of our officers followed in fresh pursuit.”

The suspect was last seen going into a wooded area in Girouard Park.

“As the individual our officers were chasing had a history involving weapons, the police dog team was called in,” said Molendyk.

“Several young families using the park at the time were asked to please leave the area for safety concerns while our officers were attempting to apprehend the suspect.”

Within a short time, the police dog team arrived and started to track the suspect.

Within minutes, the dog made contact with the suspect.

“It turns out he was sitting and hiding with-in 20 feet of the officer that chased him,” said Molendyk.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested for pointing a firearm, breach of conditional supervision and uttering threats.

The suspect is expected to appear in court later today to answer to the charges.