Hudson, FL – Police released video of a sheriff’s deputy and his K9 partner splitting up to track down and catch two men who stole and crashed an SUV on Saturday (video below).
Jacob Montgomery and David Brunton stole a Ford Explorer and led police on a chase that ended when they crashed the stolen vehicle, and attempted to make a run for it, according to WTVT-TV.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department released Deputy Nick Carmack’s bodycam video of the Feb. 24 incident, which showed what happened when the two suspects tried to run from the K9 handler and his partner, K9 Shep.
In the video, the deputy captured the driver, Brunton, immediately. He released K9 Shep to catch the other suspect.
“Get him Shep! Get him!” Deputy Carmack yelled as the fur missile pursued the suspect.
K9 Shep followed Montgomery out of the deputy’s line of sight, and Deputy Carmack radioed dispatch for backup.
“I’m 10-4. I need somebody here now. I can’t see my dog,” the deputy said.
So after he handcuffed Brunton, Deputy Carmack made the suspect he’d apprehended get up and run with him to check on his K9 partner.
The video showed the deputy running down a long dirt driveway with his handcuffed suspect, stopping periodically to call for the dog.
When he caught up with them and saw Montgomery engaged with K9 Shep, Deputy Carmack began yelling at the suspect.
“Get off my dog, bro! Get off my dog, bro!” the deputy was heard yelling in the video.
When Deputy Carmack got there, K9 Shep had Montgomery’s arm firmly clenched in his mouth.
In the video, it appeared the K9 officer had no intention of letting go of the suspect until his handler arrived to give him the order.
The deputy ordered the Montgomery to get on his stomach, and ordered K9 Shep to release his hold.
Montgomery was arrested as soon as other officers arrived on the scene.
“In all reality, Shep is Nick’s partner. They go to work together every day. They live in the same house together. Those two are very tight,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told WFLA.
K9 Shep was not injured in the pursuit.
Sheriff Nocco told WAGA that Montgomery and Brunton were facing numerous charges that stemmed from the stolen vehicle, as well as for fleeing from the law enforcement officer and his K9.
Watch the video here: