“As the teams approached the building, officers noticed signs that the building had been broken into and that the culprits are likely inside,” Cpl. Craig Douglass writes.
The incident occurred Friday January 16, 2015 at approximately 9:00 a.m. inside a building on Pickering Road off Highway 16 – just east of Yellowhead Bridge.
The teams – which included the North District Emergency Response Team and the Prince George Police Dog Service – quickly assembled a perimeter and entered the building.
“Almost immediately, two males were seen running deeper into the building despite being told to stop by officers,” Cpl. Douglass goes on to say. “Due to the dangerous environment and unknown motives of the suspects, Police Dog ‘Azar’ was deployed [and] ‘Azar’ located the suspects hiding in a room.”
Once ‘Azar’ successfully subdued one suspect, the second came out cooperating with police, according to Douglass.
One of the suspects was treated at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. for a bite wound before being taken off to jail.
“To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever out run a Police Service Dog,” say Cpl. Douglass. “If you choose to run, they will catch you.”
Cpl. Douglass adds, “If ever you find yourself in this position, please comply with officer commands.”
The two men who are known to police, aged 39 and 40, were found in possession of “knives and other sharp objects within reach”, having their first court appearance scheduled in April.
If you have any information regarding property related crimes, contact the Prince George RCMP at 250 561 3300. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.