NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Pasco County K9 Shep took down a fleeing auto theft suspect after using his skills to catch the man and latch onto his lower back Sept. 4, reported Fox13.
Deputy Nick Carmack attempted an investigative stop at the time on a stolen vehicle. However, the crook had other plans and fled on foot after turning into a driveway.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports the driver along with one passenger bolted from the stolen vehicle, and the agency released body camera video of what occurred next.
Deputy Carmack is seen stopping his patrol car, exiting, then opening the back door to release K9 Shep.
As a result, Shep is seen taking off from the car and easily jumping over a fence to catch up with one of the suspects.
By the time Deputy Carmack caught up with Shep, his K9 had already latched his jaw onto the back of the suspect. Officials said the suspect was medically cleared and booked.
The second suspect who fled was located by Deputy Rob Wilkins and K9 Knox. Both suspects face several charges, including grand theft auto, criminal mischief, as well as child neglect, since there was an infant in the vehicle during the pursuit. The child was also left inside the vehicle when the suspects fled.