CORONA, CA- This is one bad-ass dog.

A man wanted in connection with an assault was taken down by a police K-9 that lunged through his window after a pursuit ended in Corona early Friday morning, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers started following the man’s vehicle after a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in Fontana, the Corona Police Department said.

The chase came to a stop near El Cerrito Road and the 15 Freeway about 12:50 a.m., but the driver refused to surrender, police said.

CHP called local police for backup, and they responded with the K-9 named Duke.

“Officer Neff and his partner K9 Duke responded to assist and gave several opportunities for the suspect to give up as well, which he refused,” the department tweeted.

Video shows a CHP officer breaking the driver’s window before the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois jumps through the shattered glass and appears to bite the man.

The man struggles as the dog bites at him before officers open the door and appear to call the dog off.

He falls to the ground and several officers take him down, video shows. Fontana police later took the man into custody.

The man suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to Corona police. He has not been identified.

Authorities did not provide details on the alleged assault in Fontana.

No other injuries were reported, and no further details were available.

The suspect, 31-year-old Julio Ugalde Vasquez, was arrested and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

He was accused of stalking and attempting to harm his wife and had lead police from several departments on a lengthy pursuit near Los Angeles.

The pursuit began in Fontana and ended in Corona, when cops said they used a pit maneuver to stop Vasquez’s truck, which they pelted with rubber bullets, police said.

The barrage cracked the driver’s window enough so Duke could leap through to apprehend the driver using ‘non-lethal’ force, police said.

Despite being punched by the suspect, Duke got his man without injury.

“He is doing fine. Like nothing happened,” said Corona PD Spokeman Sergeant Chad Fountain.

Duke also is the same breed as Conan, the military dog that recently assisted in the special forces raid in Syria that resulted in the death of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

‘It’s the same breed. They’re just awesome,’ Fountain said.

He said they’re tough dogs.

‘They’re very athletic and muscular. They just will go, go, go. It doesn’t matter if they’re tired or not. They’re just very driven animals and they love to work.’

The sergeant expressed gratitude for Duke’s heroism. 

“For a dog to do what Duke did, with no regard for his own safety, or any danger to him, ‘he was there making sure all our officers were safe.”

Officer Neff spoke about the encounter with Duke by his side on the department’s Facebook page Saturday.

Duke and the officers weren’t injured during the incident, police said.

Speaking of Conan, President Donald Trump honored Conan the hero dog who helped run down terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden Monday where he saluted the animal’s toughness in the field.

Trump appeared with Conan outside the Oval Office and lauded his accomplishments, after the military flew the highly trained animal to Washington from the Middle East, where the U.S. continues to try to take down the remnants of ISIS.

‘Conan is a tough cookie. No one is going to mess with Conan,’ said Trump – who famously broke precedent by failing to get a pet to live with him at the White House.

Conan had already become famous after the White House and Defense Department officials told the story of how he helped run down the ISIS chief before Baghdadi blew himself up last month, killing himself and young family members and injuring the animal. 

The president pulled off the official ceremony after earlier retweeting a photo-shopped image of himself placing a medal on the dog amid fascination with Conan’s role.

‘This is the ultimate fighter.  Ultimate everything,’ Trump said.  

Conan was awarded a medal and a plaque to commemorate the Oct. 26 raid.

Trump said he was shown how fast Conan can move. He said “a strong man, really strong, fighter” wouldn’t stand a chance against the dog.

The president also said he met with members of the special operations forces that took part in the raid in which Baghdadi died after detonating a suicide vest.

The military personnel did not publicly meet with reporters in an effort to protect their identity. 

Pence said the visit by Conan and the members of the special forces team is a “reflection of all of the armed forces and the great job that they do.”

“Conan is really a hero,” he said. “It’s a real joy to help welcome him to the White House.”

If you’ve ever wondered about the training these incredible dogs go through, LET recently went inside the secret US facility that’s training elite police, military and civilian canine teams.

According to the group, “AK9I has designed a unique training program with focus on two primary target applicant groups. The first group is US military veterans, active military members and civilians pursuing a canine career in law enforcement or commercial security services. The second group is law enforcement agencies (LEA), particularly those with budget constrictions.”

AK9I is a premier K-9 solutions provider located close to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. With over 176 acres of training grounds, onsite dormitories, and a beautifully maintained and fully staffed 226 run kennel.

AK9I has a multitude of offsite training locations to enhance the training experience such as abandoned schools, a decommissioned battleship, parks, massive car lots, local businesses, and more.

They also have an explosive range and lab on property through a robust partnership with Point One USA that allows them to offer nearly unparalleled training on explosives. There are areas for ranges that can accommodate both live fire and simmunitions training. It is a one stop shop for your department’s K-9 needs.

Police K-9 dives through shattered car window, takes down assault suspect



They offer a 5-week single purpose detection dog course, a 6-week law enforcement specific handler course, an 8-week dual purpose handler course, and a 13-week handler/ trainer course.

According to James Overton, the Director of Marketing and Business Development, AK9I primarily trains;

“on the odor detection side, whether it be explosives, narcotics got dogs who are trained to find bed bugs. You’ve got dogs that are trained to find cadavers, electronics or currency or food. If it has an odor, you can train the dog to find it. There are so many capabilities that the canine brings to the table that regular humans just can’t do. The military did a massive research study that determined the best way to detect explosives was a K-9.”

The staff of AK9I is comprised of former military and law enforcement that have extensive experience as K-9 handlers and trainers. They have trained dozens of local, state, and federal law enforcement K-9 handlers, as well as hundreds of DoD military working dog handlers.

The facility offers a phenomenal pool of dogs, such as German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retrievers, and Dutch Shepherds.

All of the canines have undergone extensive medical and physical screening and evaluations, and each comes with a one-year health guarantee. The designated handler, attends the facility and is paired with a canine partner and given the opportunity to bond.

Police K-9 dives through shattered car window, takes down assault suspect

James Overton, AK9I


AK9I offers a Patrol K-9 Operations Training course, which, according to their website includes:

The handler/canine team will be taught the basics of agility and obedience through obstacle course training and combat-related tasks such as long downs, vertical/horizontal carries, ladder climbs, window entries and tactical movements.

• Aggression Training includes:
• Single and multi-person apprehension
• Apprehension from vehicle
• Apprehension with gunfire
• Vehicle extractions
• Handler protection
• Prisoner escorts
• Recalls and call-outs

At the end of this portion of Patrol K-9 training, students will have a comprehensive understanding of canine drives (food, play, prey, hunt, defense, fight, and pack) and will be able to read and activate these canine drives as necessary to manage the canine’s behavior in aggression situations.

Police K-9 dives through shattered car window, takes down assault suspect



AK9I’s lead instructor Richard Thomason explained his desire to be part of this facility and its training methods;

“The reason I chose to come here was due to the fact that the program they had with the veterans, that really sparked the interest in myself to help these guys out. Not just to train the dogs, but to help them [the veterans] and to push them in the right direction.”

The facility has the unique ability to offer these courses to veterans under the GI Bill. As explained by their website; “AK9I has been approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA) to provide professional canine-focused education and training services under the GI Bill® All accepted students will select, bond, train, certify and depart with their selected canine upon successful course completion. The cost of tuition, books, and training materials for our canine Handler and canine Trainer courses may be paid directly to AK9I by the VA.”

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Police K-9 dives through shattered car window, takes down assault suspect


This is particularly helpful for LEA that are interested in the program but that have budget constraints. As AK9I explains further:

“An LEA officer wanting to go into K-9 and eligible via his/her military service could attend training under the GI Bill. Thus, a local LEA or other first responder agency looking to add to an existing K-9 unit, or wanting to create one, can reduce the cost to do so by as much as $20,000.00.”

Britney Howard, a retired Air Force veteran stated,

“Coming to this school and it being paid for with the GI bill allowed me to do something that I love with people that know exactly what they’re talking about and it allowed me to boost my knowledge in the canine department.”

AK9I – Discover Your Purpose

Whether you are a transitioning service member or veteran looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in the K-9 world, a first responder looking to augment your department’s capability, or a civilian looking to break in to the K-9 industry AK9I has the facility, staff, and experience to help accomplish that goal. AK9I is approved by the Virginia State Approving Agency to provide education and training under Chapter 33 of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In addition to being able to utilize your education benefits to cover the cost of the course, we include a K-9, from proven working lines that has passed rigorous screening, as well as housing in our new dorm rooms during the course at NO ADDITIONAL COST! We also offer additional training beyond what other schools offer on regular odor detection. With our state of the art explosives lab, and EOD range on our premises thanks to our strategic partnership with Point One USA, our students get unparalleled training on IED recognition and home made explosives. We have top notch instructors in the areas of patrol operations to help those students interested in dual purpose dogs that fine tune their K-9 partners to be formidable assets for their organization. With 200 acres of training area, and dozens of off site locations designed to replicate every scenario you’ll encounter in the field, as well as a state of the art kennel facility, AK9I is your complete solution for all things K-9.Visit to learn more!

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As explained by Overton, the canine teams are put through rigorous training scenarios. Every training scenario that is given to the dogs is a different ‘picture’ for the dogs and nighttime training is a completely different avenue that the dogs need to see in order to be acclimated to that when they encounter it in the real world.

“When you’re, when you’re tracking somebody at night, it looks different to the dog. Just like it looks different to us and it’s the same thing. The sounds are different, the smells can be different sometimes. So we sort of expose the dog or those types of scenarios so that when they encounter them in the real world they react like they’re supposed to.” Overton said.

AK9I – Life Saving Training in Virginia

These dogs can be trained to detect anything from drugs to explosives to USB drives. Check out how AK9I is leading the pack training these animals for high-threat law enforcement and military scenarios.

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In regards to the teams that they are producing, Overton commented;

“We’re not making Tupperware. We’re ‘making stuff’ that guys are of putting their lives on the line with, you can’t have something that’s gonna fail on you.”

Overton had this to say about the use of canines:

“I see the canine road exploding over the next couple of years, especially on the civilian side. With the security situation continuing to deteriorate here in the States, I think there’s going to be a lot more applications for dogs that people really didn’t see [like] using dogs as an active shooter deterrence in schools. Or using them [more] for the cargo screening stuff, you know, with the TSA or FedEx or UPS.”

He went on to further explain;

“I see dogs being utilized a lot more and avenues like that, or even in a concert venue and the stadiums and any places where there’s a large congregation of people that can be a potential target. I see canines being used there.”

AK9I is also continually developing new programs as the market demands it.

“One of the programs that we’re looking at doing is for the active shooter deterrents in schools, “ Overton stated. “We see that getting a lot of bipartisan support because we’re not putting another firearm in schools. We’re putting a canine team in schools. The canine solution is sort of a bridging solution that brings those two people together.”

Any departments, veterans or individuals that are interested in the canine handler training programs can contact American K-9 Interdiction directly at Tel: (757) 304-9600 or email: [email protected]

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