One Burglary Suspect Located by K9 Gunnar
This afternoon, Deputy Hunt and his partner K9 Gunnar located a burglary suspect, 34-year-old Demetrius W. Brice. A second suspect was not located.
On March 30, 2018, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a citizen report seeing a suspicious vehicle parked out on Wild Rose Rd., in the area of his neighbor’s home located in the 10700 block of E. Big Meadows Rd. When he checked the vehicle, he found it was unoccupied and decided to check on his neighbor’s residence which was out of view.
As he approached the residence, he observed two suspects running from inside the home. The witness said he went back toward the suspects’ vehicle and observed the suspects running from the woods toward the vehicle. He fired a shotgun into the air and told the suspects to stop. The suspects turned and fled on foot back into the woods.
Deputies, including Deputy Jason Hunt and his K9 partner Gunnar, responded to the area. A perimeter was established and multiple K9 warnings were given advising the suspects to surrender.
Air 2 flight crews were called out to assist in the search of the large and wooded area.
A check of the suspect’s license plate showed Brice as the registered owner. A check of Brice’s name revealed an active felony Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) warrant for his arrest.
A track by K9 Gunnar lead deputies toward the wooded area to the west of the victim’s residence. K9 Gunnar contacted Brice who was trying to hide under brush.
Brice was taken into custody and provided medical attention prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Theft 3rd Degree and the DOC warrant.
Deputies and Air 2 continued to search the area but the second suspect was not located.
Brice’s vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant due to the potentially stolen property observed inside.