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Laslo Recovering After Attack

Posted 4/9/2014 9:45 AM by MDGREGORY

On Monday evening, April 7th, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Thurman and his K9 partner Laslo responded to a burglary and assault in progress call at 19114 E. Cane Circle. Initial information was that a female was being assaulted inside the residence. When Deputy Thurman arrived on scene, citizens outside pointed at a male standing on the porch, later identified as 27-year-old Shawn Amburn, and yelled "that's him". When Amburn looked at Deputy Thurman he told Amburn "stop, police". Amburn failed to follow Deputy Thurman's commands and ran southwest around the trailer.

Deputy Thurman and Laslo ran around the west side of the trailer, in the neighbor's driveway, and located Amburn trying to jump the fence. Amburn saw Deputy Thurman and ran around the south side of the trailer. Deputy Thurman and Laslo ran around the north side of the trailer and as they ran into the east, unfenced portion of the front yard, a large pit bull came running at Deputy Thurman and Laslo.

Deputy Thurman and Laslo attempted to go back to their patrol vehicle when they saw the pit bull. Deputy Thurman said the pit bull attacked Laslo's rear leg with such force that it almost knocked him over. Deputy Thurman tried to get the pit bull away from Laslo as it viciously attacked his rear leg. As a last resort, and now seeing blood squirting from Laslo's leg, Deputy Thurman shot the pit bull. Deputy Thurman had to pull the pit bull's jaws apart and away from Laslo's leg after it was shot. Deputy Thurman transported Laslo to the Emergency Veterinarian Clinic where he received six staples in his leg. Laslo is resting and recovering and it is unknown when he will return to duty.

• Amburn was eventually located and arrested for Obstructing.
• Deputies are currently searching for 22-year-old Jhonathan Hunnel. There is probable cause for his arrest with regard to this incident for Residential Burglary and 2nd Degree Assault/Domestic Violence.