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April 4, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Kirkland police dog hit while tracking suspect

The Associated Press KIRKLAND, Wash.  — A police dog was hit by a vehicle while tracking a suspect early Friday in Kirkland. The dog named Thor suffered a bump on the head and was taken a veterinary clinic. He’s expected to recover. KIRO reports  the driver was not believed to be at fault. The suspect who was wanted in…

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December 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Jury: Lakewood officer didn’t violate rights of man attacked by K-9 dog

A federal jury has found that a Lakewood police officer and his K-9 partner did not violate the civil rights of a domestic-abuse suspect whose leg was mangled during his arrest.

The verdict came after an eight-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton in Tacoma, who earlier had found there was enough evidence that Officer James Syler had used excessive force when he deployed his dog, Astor, to apprehend Noel Saldana after Saldana’s wife had called the police in June 2010. The judge also said a jury should consider whether the city deserves to be held liable for not properly monitoring and training the dog team, since Astor had been involved in several other serious bite incidents.

Lakewood argued that Syler was responding to a report of a crime and, based on statement’s by Saldana’s wife, believed he had good reason to make the arrest.

In court documents and in an interview earlier this year with The Seattle Times, the 27-year-old Saldana admitted he was intoxicated when he went to his estranged wife’s house and forced his way in, wanting to say good night to his children.  Mrs. Saldana was not injured, but she called the police after he left, and the officers determined they had cause to arrest him for residential burglary. Mrs. Saldana was a plaintiff in the lawsuit as well.

Saldana said he was urinating in some bushes several blocks away when he heard a “loud voice telling me to get down.”

“I did exactly as I was told,” he said, but Astor tore into his leg.

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September 18, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Renton police arrest boyfriend of shooting victim

UPDATE: 7:15 a.m. Wednesday | Renton police have arrested the boyfriend of a 21-year-old woman who was shot in the leg Tuesday in the Renton Highlands neighborhood. The man, 18, was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree assault. Details of the victim’s medical condition have not been released by police. UPDATE: 6:38 p.m. | Renton police are speaking with…

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