Dec 14, 2015
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A Richmond police dog named Ronin (pictured below) helped apprehend a suspect on Saturday who led authorities on a vehicle pursuit after attempting to run over a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop, police said.

The incident unfolded about 5:30 p.m. when RPD’s dispatch center received a report about a pursuit headed into Richmond, Lt. Felix Tan said. The 20-year-old driver of the Mercedes Benz ML 320 had allegedly attempted to run over a CHP officer during a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 80 near American Canyon Road, Tan said.

Richmond police dog helps nab driver who fled after trying to run over CHP officerAfter the suspect fled, a CHP helicopter followed his car. Richmond officers caught up with him as the pursuit shifted to Richmond Parkway. While on Richmond Parkway, the suspect allegedly tossed a .40 caliber Glock pistol from the vehicle. He also lost control of the car and slammed into a light pole at Gertrude Avenue, where he fled on foot, Tan said.

That’s when RPD’s canine, Ronin, was deployed.

“The suspect wasn’t fast enough for Ronin and was capture by the Belgium Malinois,” Tan said.

The suspect, whose identity wasn’t immediately available, was taken into custody and his discarded weapon was located, Tan added.

“The officers and dispatchers did a great job apprehending an armed and dangerous felon who tried running over a CHP officer,” Tan said. “Great teamwork by all!”

A Richmond Standard reader video recorded some of the pursuit from her vehicle. She said he three kids were in the car, which had it not remained stopped may have been struck by a vehicle as a result of the pursuit:


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.