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Suspect bitten by police dog, zapped by Taser at the same time

Published: August 20, 2013, 9:28 pm, by Daniel Chacon

Rico/Photo courtesy CSPD K-9 Unit

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s K-9 Unit shared the following story Tuesday night on Facebook:

On 08/18/2013, at approximately 1922 hours, Officers were dispatched on a wanted person call for service.

Information was received from an informant that a 24-year-old male was inside of an apartment located within the Fountain Springs Grove Apartment Complex. He was wanted on three felony warrants. Officer Johnson requested additional units respond to assist him.

Information was received from the informant (that the wanted man) had walked to the Safeway store located at 1425 S. Murray Boulevard with a group of friends.

Officers waited for the suspect to exit the store and clear the heavily populated portion of the strip mall, before giving verbal commands to surrender himself to police. He ignored the verbal commands and attempted to run south through the parking lot of the shopping center. 

K-9 Rico and an Officer caught up to him near the carwash of the nearby Conoco gas station. He was simultaneously bitten and tased. The suspect was transported to Memorial Hospital Central, where he was treated and released for a dog bite and being tased. He was booked into CJC for his outstanding felony warrants and a new resisting arrest charge.

An adult female, who was walking with the suspect, was also found to be wanted on a felony warrant. The female was booked into CJC for her outstanding warrant.