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K-9 Deputy Riggs saves his partner’s life

Snohomish County, Wash., October 25, 2021 – A 33-year-old Mountlake Terrace man was arrested today after attempting to flee from a scene in a Sheriff Deputy’s patrol car.

Around 1:45 a.m., deputies responded to reports of an assault with weapon at a gas station in the 200 block of 128th Street SW in Everett. The initial deputy on scene learned there were two males who were fighting, and one was armed with a knife and a screwdriver. The male suspect threw the knife down but refused commands to drop the screwdriver.

The deputy contacted the victim, developed probable cause and began following the suspect on foot with K-9 Riggs. The deputy gave the suspect multiple commands that he was under arrest and to drop the screwdriver, but he refused to comply. The male suspect walked west, then quickly turned back towards the parking lot of the gas station and picked up pace.

The suspect reentered the parking lot and ran around to the passenger side of the deputy’s patrol car as the deputy followed closely with K-9 Riggs. The deputy’s patrol car sensed his key fob and unlocked the driver’s door as the suspect made his way around the vehicle and pulled on the handle to open it.

The suspect quickly jumped into the driver’s seat of the patrol car and was within reach of the deputy’s rifle. The deputy was able to quickly pull open the door and immediately gave K-9 Riggs the bite command. As K-9 Riggs jumped in and bit the suspect’s arm, the suspect put the car in drive and pressed on the gas. The engine revved but the vehicle would not drive due to a vehicle safety feature, which ultimately prevented the suspect from driving off. After a physical struggle with the suspect, the deputy and K-9 Riggs successfully removed the suspect from the driver’s seat of the patrol car.

Backup units arrived and the suspect continued to fight with deputies once on the ground. After another struggle, he was taken into custody. The suspect’s screwdriver was recovered inside the deputy’s patrol car and the knife was recovered in nearby bushes.

The 33-year-old Mountlake Terrace man was transported to the hospital for treatment before being booked into the Snohomish County Jail for felony harassment, resisting arrest, vehicle theft, and PC from a previous case of indecent exposure.

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