Jan 11, 2016
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A Richmond police canine named Odin (pictured) was credited over the weekend with sniffing out a suspect and gun after shots were fired in the Iron Triangle neighborhood Friday night, police said.

At about 9:30 p.m., a Richmond K9 officer responded to a call of shots fired in the 1100 block of Ohio Avenue, police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The officer and his four-legged partner, a 3-year-old Belgium Malinois, responded with other officers to the area. The K9 team went searching on the nearby Richmond Greenway, a pedestrian and cycling path, and spotted the suspect, who immediately ran away, Tan said.

After surrounding the area with police, Odin sprung into action. The police pooch’s nose helped locate the suspect on S. 7th Street near Ohio. The suspect gave himself up before tangling with the police dog, Tan said.

“Odin also sniffed out the suspect’s gun (Glock 23 – semi-auto .40 caliber) which he discarded along his flight path,” Tan added.

The suspect is a Richmond resident but police detectives are not releasing his name due to their investigation.

“We are grateful to have a competent team of officers who continue to put themselves in harms way, so that the city can be a safer place,” Tan said.


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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.