K9 Khan Not Fooled by Suspect Hiding in a Recycle Bin
Spokane Valley Deputies assisted a Washington State Patrol Trooper locate and arrest a suspect who fled in a vehicle and then on foot. K9 Khan located the suspect hiding inside a blue recycle bin and took him into custody after the suspect failed to follow commands to surrender.
Early this morning, just after 2:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputies responded to assist a Washington State Patrol Trooper who was pursuing a red Honda with no license plates on Mission near University. The pursuit ended in the area of Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Avenue in Spokane Valley.
The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Jason C. Kline, fled north from the vehicle, jumping fences as he ran through yards. A perimeter was quickly established and multiple K9 announcements were given advising the suspect a K9 would be used to find him and if he didn’t surrender, he would be bitten, as Deputy Tyler Kullman and his partner K9 Khan arrived at the vehicle were Kline was last seen.
Not knowing if the suspect was armed while he tried to avoid capture after attempting to elude WSP, K9 Khan was deployed to track and find the suspect. K9 Khan, with his nose to the ground and pulling hard, immediately began a strong track. He located a black cell phone on the ground in the back yard of a residence in the 1700 block of N. Glenn Ct. before continuing to follow the suspect’s trail.
As the track continued, repeated K9 announcement were given but went unanswered. In the 11000 block of E. Augusta, K9 Khan’s behavior charged. He began sniffing around the seam of a door at a residence and worked his way toward a blue recycle bin with a closed lid and began to bark. Again, several announcements for the suspect to show his hands and surrender were given without a response. Another announcement was given and Deputy Kullman noticed the lid of the can rise approximately 2 inches and closed. K9 Khan was held on long lead while additional commands to surrender were given.
Deputy Kullman ordered Kline to show both of his hands and surrender or K9 Khan would be used to capture him. The lid of the can raised again allowing Deputy Kullman to see Kline’s head but only one hand. Additional orders for Kline to shown both hands were not followed. With Kline’s failure to follow commands to comply and show both his hands, Deputy Kullman did not know if Kline was armed and deployed K9 Khan. K9 Khan immediately made contact with Kline and tipped over the bin. Able to see both Kline’s hands were empty, Deputy Nathan Booth moved in and took Kline into custody without further incident.
Kline was provided medical attention due to the K9 contact before being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail by the WSP Trooper for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Obstructing, Trip Permit Violation, Driving While Suspended 3rd Degree, and several warrants (Trafficking in Stolen Property 1st Degree, Possession of Stolen Property 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Driving While Suspended 3rd Degree)
This is yet another example of your law enforcement agencies working together to keep our community safe and ensure this suspect was captured.