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Suspect Surrenders after K9 Enzo Announces Himself
Spokane Valley Deputies, responding to a person with a weapons call, learned the suspect was last seen hiding in a neighboring trailer. The trailer was surrounded and announcements to surrender were given, and ignored, until K9 Enzo announced his presence.
On May 11, 2018, prior to 6:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a reported male, possibly armed with a knife, and female arguing. When deputies arrived, they learned the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Jeffrey G. Jeffus had assaulted his girlfriend and fought with another male at the location who tried to assist.
A check of Jeffus’ name revealed an active felony Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) warrant for his arrest.
Deputies also learned Jeffus ran into a neighboring trailer without consent and told the residents they needed to hide him because he was fighting with his girlfriend and the police were coming. The occupants of the trailer told Jeffus to leave but he refused. They confirmed he was still inside without permission but they did not want to pursue charges.
With the information Jeffus was assaultive, possibly armed and refusing to exit the trailer, Deputy McNall began drafting a search warrant and the SWAT Team was called out to assist.
Once at the scene, Deputy Pfeifer and his partner K9 Enzo took a position near the front door of the residence. As announcements advising Jeffus to surrender continued, Deputy Pfeifer gave a K9 warning advising Jeffus K9 Enzo would be used to find him and when found, he could be bitten. Deputy Pfeifer gave K9 Enzo a bark command causing K9 Enzo to firmly and loudly announce his presence.
A few monuments later, Jeffus appeared in the doorway and surrendered. The SWAT Team response was cancelled and Jeffus received medical treatment for injuries he sustained earlier during the initial fight.
Jeffus was later booked into the Spokane County Jail for the felony DOC warrant. He faces new charges of Assault 4th Degree (DV) and Obstructing Law Enforcement in conjunction with this incident.
Fleeing Driver’s Attempt to Hide Doesn’t Fool K9 Enzo
A traffic stop for a missing front license plate quickly turned into a pursuit where the driver eventually fled on foot. K9 Enzo and Deputy Pfeifer responded to help locate the suspect who was found hiding behind a business and taken into custody.
On May 12, 2018 at approximately 12:45 a.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Amber Tyler observed a Honda with no front license plate in the area of Maringo Drive and N. Bessie. When Deputy Tyler turned around to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Shaun T. Jackson, accelerated. As Jackson turned south on Argonne, he failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign. Deputy Tyler activated her emergency lights but Jackson refused to yield.
At one point, Deputy Tyler observed the male passenger attempt to try and exit the vehicle but Jackson continued to try and escape. Near E. Empire and N. Argonne, Jackson slowed and allowed the passenger to get out of the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, the passenger threw his hands in the air and appeared to be yelling at Jackson who sped away.
Jackson turned south on Woodruff which comes to a dead end just north of Trent. Jackson drove off the roadway and along the railroad track. Deputy Tyler located the Honda abandoned underneath the railroad overpass.
A perimeter was quickly established while Deputy Pfeifer and K9 Enzo responded to the scene to assist. Several K9 announcements were given, but were unanswered.
K9 Enzo led Deputy Pfeifer and assisting Deputies from the vehicle, east along the railroad tracks and then south into a commercial area. K9 Enzo continued to lead Deputies along Montgomery and back north on Dartmouth. K9 announcements were continually given over the perimeter units’ PA system and Deputy Pfeifer gave several during the track.
In the 2600 block of N. Felts, K9 Enzo located Jackson hiding behind what appeared to be ventilation ductwork. K9 Enzo made contact and Jackson quickly decided to surrender. Jackson was taken into custody without further incident.
Jackson was provided medical treatment prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude a Law Enforcement Vehicle, Obstructing, and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License 3rd Degree.
The male passenger was contacted but Deputies. He was uninjured and released without charges.
Suspect’s Sheepish Attempt to Hide Sniffed Out by K9 Enzo
A suspect who fled on foot after trying to evade Deputy Kyle Leavenworth was found hiding in an outbuilding of what appeared to be a sheep pen by K9 Enzo. The suspect was the third capture K9 Enzo was involved in over the weekend, highlighting his “dogged” desire to keep our community safe.
On May 13, 2018 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Leavenworth observed a black BMW without a front license plate on N. Hazard near W. Woolard in North Spokane County.
As Deputy Leavenworth turned his vehicle around to conduct a traffic stop, the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Pavel Y. Filipenko, accelerated rapidly. Deputy Leavenworth momentarily lost sight of the reckless BMW (estimated speed of 70-75 mph) after it crested a rise in the roadway. He quickly regained sight of the vehicle as it suddenly pulled into the driveway of a residence located in the 17900 block of N. Hazard and skidded to a stop.
Filipenko jumped out of the vehicle and ran east toward the residence and out of sight. Seeing several other vehicles parked in front of the residence and knowing the location due to previous contacts, additional patrol units were requested.
Waiting for additional deputies, Deputy Leavenworth utilized his vehicle’s PA system to make announcements, identifying himself and advising the driver he needed to surrender and was under arrest. A male and female made their way down from the residence and were advised to sit down until assisting deputies arrived.
The female, identified as 23-year-old Brianna D. Davidson, advised the BMW was her car. She stated a male named “John” was planning to purchase the vehicle and had taken it on a test drive. Davidson was detained and later arrested after a check of her name showed she had an active misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.
When Deputy Pfeifer and K9 Enzo arrived, they began a track to locate Filipenko. K9 Enzo tracked from the BMW to the residence and around the back. He continued into a pasture behind the residence and up to an outbuilding which was apparently used to house sheep. Deputy Pfeifer gave another K9 warning, advising anyone inside the building K9 Enzo would be used to search but he did not receive a response. K9 Enzo moved into the outbuilding and made contact with Filipenko who was hiding just inside. Filipenko was taken into custody without further incident.
Filipenko was provided medical attention at the scene. A small amount of what appeared to be heroin was located in his wallet. The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for heroin.
Filipenko was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Resisting, Driving while Suspended 3rd Degree, and his felony warrant.