A Shawnee police dog bit a fleeting suspect late Monday night after police were called to a disturbance involving a firearm.
Police responded to 507 W. Ford, where a man was outside his home allegedly shooting a firearm, a report shows.
When officers arrived, the suspect, identified in the report as Jared Shields, 19, reportedly took off running southbound, going through multiple backyards.
Patrol Officer Michael Myers, first to arrive, ordered Shields to stop, but he allegedly refused and kept running, the report reads. A perimeter was set up as officers and a department K-9 searched the area.
Sgt. Jon Goss and his police dog, Rex, tracked Shields to a backyard in the 500 block of West Wallace, with the report showing Shields received a dog bite while being taken into custody. REACT EMS paramedics responded to check a bite on Shields’ arm.
A criminal check revealed Shields has a 2012 felony burglary conviction. He was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on complaints of possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and obstructing an officer. Formal charges have not been filed. He remained jailed Tuesday on a $15,000 bond.
According to the police report, witnesses told police that Shields arrived at his residence and allegedly became involved in a verbal argument with a woman there. Shields reportedly went out into the yard with a firearm, where witnesses said he raised the weapon and fired it into the air.
Officers located a spent .25-caliber cartridge in the roadway and it was taken into evidence. Upon book-in at the jail, detention officers found a .25-caliber bullet in Shields’ pocket, records show. According the report, the firearm was not located.
The case remains under further investigation but will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.