Deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State employed a unique tactic to apprehend a group of teenagers suspected of stealing a car. On August 18, deputies responded to a call regarding a stolen vehicle near a cemetery on Chambers Creek Way in University Place. One deputy deployed stop sticks, causing the stolen vehicle to sustain four flat tires. However, the suspects continued driving, prompting deputies to terminate the pursuit.
The stolen car was later discovered abandoned and still running along Bridgeport Way. Deputies established a perimeter and began searching for the teenagers. In a wooded area, a deputy spotted the group in a creek bed, as captured by bodycam footage.
To coax the suspects into surrendering, the deputy yelled, “Stop, police! Don’t make us release our K-9!” The deputy then proceeded to bark like a dog multiple times. The unconventional tactic proved successful, as the four juveniles emerged from the creek bed and surrendered. In a video posted on the department’s Facebook page, Sgt. Darren Moss Jr. praised the deputies for their creativity and awarded them an “A+” for their efforts.