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Spokane K-9 nabs carjacking suspect

A carjacking suspect led police on a chase early Sunday morning, but his attempt to escape on foot was foiled by a Spokane Police Department search dog.

A man reported that he was parked outside the Holiday Gas Station at 9620 N. Division Street just before 3:30 a.m. while a friend was inside. He was approached by someone who pulled a gun on him and told him to get out of his silver Toyota Camry, according to a Police Department press release. Police responded and spotted the car 25 minutes later driving north on Division past the same gas station where the car was stolen.

There was a short chase until the man  jumped from the still moving car and ran, the press release said. Police officers, assisted by the Washington State Patrol, searched the area and found a handgun holster in an apartment complex courtyard just east of Ritter's Nursery.

The dog, Leo, and his handler, Officer Craig Hamilton, found the suspect inside the fenced nursery. Justin S. Brown, 29, was booked into jail on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The gun believed to be used in the carjacking was later recovered in the same area the holster was found.

Suspect at large in trailer park fight

Spokane police are looking for a 24-year-old man after a fight at a trailer park that involved a gun early today.

Julian D. Morrison (right) is wanted for first-degree burglary and is considered armed after an incident at the Wishing Well trailer park, 4911 N. Florida St.

Officers arrived about 1:37 a.m. and were told by a woman that an acquaintance had entered her home, assaulted someone and brandished a gun before leaving in a Dodge Stratus driven by another man, according to a news release.

 Officer Mike McCasland spotted the Stratus at North Freya Street and East Empire Avenue as officers were responding to the scene. The driver refused to stop and jumped out of the car with his passenger at East Buckeye Avenue and North Stone Street, police say.The vehicle stopped after hitting a curb.

Officer Craig Hamilton and his K-9, Leo, located the driver, 31-year-old Josephus McDonald, in the 2600 block of North Lee Street. He was booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary and attempt to elude police.

McDonald (pictured left in 2007) has been described by police as a founder of one of Spokane's larger homegrown Crips gangs, according to this 2007 article.

Anyone with information on Morrison's location is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Man accused of injuring police dog

A Spokane man was arrested on suspicion of injuring a police dog after during a domestic violence arrest call last weekend.

 Gerry R. Elerding, 39, is accused of violently fighting with Spokane police K-9 Leo as police responded to a report of an assault and no-contact order violation at an apartment in the 1300 block of South Adams Street about 4 a.m. on Saturday.

An officer forced the door open at the home and found Elerding's ex-girlfriend but could not locate the suspect, so he requested assistance from a police dog.

K-9 Leo entered the basement, and police heard him yelp “as if he had been hurt,” according to court documents.

Officers found Leo moving toward the basement stairs with his leg caught in his partially pulled off harness, documents say.

Police say the secured harness had never before come off “nor has Leo ever left a suspect during a fight or capture.” Leo has been involved in nearly 30 violent captures, according to police.

Elerding remains in jail on a state Department of Corrections probation hold, as well as $1,900 bail for charges of violating a no-contact order and harming a police dog.

He has previous convictions for drugs, eluding police and, just in June, violating a domestic violence no-contact order.
  

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