Matt Case - September 6th 


    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — An unconventional tactic was employed by Pierce County deputies when they were on the hunt for four underage suspects believed to have stolen a car. Though authorities threatened to release a police canine to find them, there was, in fact, no dog present at the scene.

    Nevertheless, one resourceful deputy took it upon himself to produce a dog bark, which proved so convincing that the suspects promptly emerged from their hiding spot in the woods. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department later shared audio of the encounter online, allowing the public to hear the compelling bark that persuaded the suspects to willingly enter police custody. 

    University Place Barking Deputy (Does this Count as a K9 Capture?) At 08:25 am, on August 18th our University Place deputies responded to a call of a stolen vehicle at the Cemetery at 9200 Chambers Creek Way. As the Sergeant was getting close a Lakewood and Steilacoom Officer had arrived as the vehicle started to leave. The Sergeant was able to pull over and deploy his stop sticks to wait for the stolen vehicle. The spike deployment was perfect and got all 4 tires flat, unfortunately the suspects took off and we had to terminate our pursuit. Officers later found the vehicle unoccupied and still running at 7500 Bridgeport Way. Other Deputies surrounded the nearby area and started to check for the juveniles. One deputy could see two of the suspects down in a creek bed. He chose a very interesting way to get them to comply. Watch to see how we got all 4 suspects in custody! Awesome job and an A+ for creativity in figuring out a way to get these juvenile car thieves to surrender! #deputy #sheriff #universityplace #pursuit #stopsticks #spikestrip #k9 #k9capture #barkbark #gotcha #police #cops #toofunny

    Posted by Pierce County Sheriff's Department on Friday, September 1, 2023