Police dog Gunner chases down machete subject

Trying to outrun one of our police dogs while handcuffed is not a wise move… as this man found to his cost following a street arrest. Our officers detained him and two others in Coventry on Saturday night (4 Sept) after someone called 999 reporting three men getting out of a van wearing gloves and carrying crowbars.

We found two crowbars and a machete on the driver’s seat. They were handcuffed and in the process of being searched when one of them bolted from our officers and ran off. Police Dog Gunner was already on the scene with his handler, Sergeant John Simpson, and the six-year-old German shepherd quickly chased him down.

Watch Pd Gunner in action 

The 25-year-old, who was found in possession of the van keys, was taken to hospital for treatment for a dog bite but wasn’t seriously hurt. All three men – the others aged 24 and 28 – were arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon. They have been released under investigation while officers conduct more enquiries.

Like most of our police dogs, Gunner was born into our breed scheme and trained in-house by specialist dog trainers before hitting the streets of the West Midlands to protect the public.

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