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GPD issues statement on K-9 apprehension incident
July 16, 2022
Press release from Gainesville Police Department
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Recently, several posts and images have circulated on social media that have garnered the attention and concern of some of our neighbors.
The initial information reflects that on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at approximately 10:39 p.m., a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation as it exited Sweetwater Square Apartments (3501 NE 15th Street). The officer initiated a traffic stop by activating the marked patrol vehicle’s lights at the intersection of NE 15th Street and NE 39th Avenue.
The vehicle decreased its speed, but continued to travel west on NE 39th Avenue, turning into and stopping at Eden Park Apartments (1330 NE 39th Avenue). The officer made contact with the driver at their vehicle window. The officer reported that he observed contraband in plain sight and suspicious behavior, to include – the driver placing his hand toward the floorboard. The officer requested the driver exit his vehicle, and the driver complied. The officer attempted to conduct a pat down of the driver, who resisted these efforts by physically contacting the officer and running away on foot. The officer gave chase and lost sight of the driver. Back-up units were then requested. While on scene, the abandoned vehicle was searched, and a stolen, loaded firearm was located under the driver’s seat, as well as ammunition in the vehicle. In addition, the driver left behind his ID, which the officer confirmed was the same person. A records check revealed the driver was a convicted felon.
In an effort to apprehend the driver, officers remained in the immediate area searching for the driver, with their patrol lights activated, for approximately one hour. Due to the nature of the crimes (felony firearm offenses), a canine officer responded and a track was initiated. This process includes the canine officer being guided by the police canine on a leash. The canine apprehended the driver hiding behind bushes, and the driver was placed under arrest. Officers observed injury to the driver, and EMS was immediately requested and responded. The driver was transported via ambulance to the hospital. Due to the driver’s injuries, he was transported to a hospital outside of Gainesville for medical care. As a result, an arrest warrant was requested and granted by a judge for the following charges and related bond amounts with nationwide extradition:
POSSESSION OF CANNABIS LESS THAN 20 GRAMS – $1,000; POSSESSION OF FIREARM, AMMUNITION OR ELECTRIC WEAPON BY CONVICTED FELON – $50,000; POSSESSION OF FIREARM, AMMUNITION OR ELECTRIC WEAPON BY CONVICTED FELON – $50,000; and RESISTING AN OFFICER WITH VIOLENCE – $50,000.
As per GPD’s policy and procedure, when a person sustains injury due to apprehension by a police canine, an initial response-to-resistance review is conducted. This includes a review of all available reports, photographs, and body-worn and in-car camera footage. Due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained, GPD Chief Lonnie Scott directed on Thursday, July 14th, 2022, that he be provided a review and thorough debriefing to be concluded within the next 7 to 10 days. Further information may be provided upon the conclusion of this review.
We recognize some of our neighbors may feel disturbed by the images circulating on social media. Rest assured, GPD will be transparent during the review process and we will provide our neighbors with an accurate accounting of this incident. We ask for your patience as the internal review and related processes occur.
We welcome our community to review GPD policies and procedures, which are available on our website at gainesvillepd.org.
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