K9 Khan has Busy Night Locating Suspects Attempting to Hide
Last night, at two separate locations, Spokane Valley Deputy Tyler Kullman and his partner K9 Khan assisted Spokane Valley Deputies and Spokane Police Officers locate suspects who decided to hide despite warnings a K9 would be used to find them. Both suspects were arrested after their attempts proved unsuccessful and they were located by K9 Khan.
The first incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., when Spokane Valley Deputies were called to a reported burglary in progress at a business located in the 6600 block of E. Broadway. The property owner reported he was informed of a suspicious vehicle parked at the closed business.
Deputy Michael Keys arrived at the location and observed a vehicle parked at the back of the business and very close to the security fence that surrounded the entire property. He also noted the barbed wire, which ran across the top of the fence, appeared to be stretched and sagging in the area of the parked vehicle.
The property owner arrived at the scene and identified the vehicle as one owned by an ex-employee who had been terminated, 56-year-old Charles R. Culp. He stated the business was closed, no one had permission to be inside, and he requested to have the business checked by Deputies.
Several PA announcements were made advising anyone inside they were under arrest, a K9 would be used to find them if they did not surrender, and the K9 could bite them when they were found. All of the multiple announcements went unanswered.
Deputy Keys, Deputy Kullman, and his partner K9 Khan, began searching the property. A short time later, K9 Khan alerted on a stack of tires, knocking them over and made contact with Culp who was hiding inside. Culp was taken into custody without further incident.
Culp was provided medical attention at the scene prior to being transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Burglary 2nd Degree.
During the second capture, just after 4:00 a.m. this morning, Deputy Kullman and K9 Khan were requested to assist Spokane Police Department (SPD) Officers locate a suspect with several warrants for his arrest.
SPD Officers advised 25-year-old Matthew R. Olson had two confirmed felony warrants (Assault 3rd Degree & Taking a Motor Vehicle w/o Permission) and two confirmed misdemeanor warrants (Assault 4th Degree & Malicious Mischief) for his arrest and was believed to be hiding in the basement of the residence located in the 5500 block of N. Loma Drive.
Several K9 announcements advising Olson to surrender, a K9 would be used to find him, and he could be bitten if he didn’t surrender, went unanswered.
Believing Olson was hiding to avoid arrest and not knowing if he was armed, Deputy Kullman deployed K9 Khan. K9 Khan began searching the area eventually making his way to a makeshift wall with a door and old headboards stacked against it. K9 Khan alerted and started barking/jumping at the door and knocking the headboards over, allowing him to gain access to the door. K9 Khan entered the space and made contact with Olson. Olson began to follow commands and was taken into custody without further incident.
Later, Olson told Deputy Kullman he heard the K9 announcements but decided to take his chances, K9 Khan wouldn’t find him, instead of surrendering and going to jail for sure. Olson was provided medical attention prior to be transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his multiple warrants.