Burglary suspect arrested after brief K9 search

Staff Writer

Several Spokane County deputies and Air 1, assisted by members of the Washington State Patrol, Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, Chewelah Police Department and other agencies, arrested a burglary suspect north of Deer Park on April 21.
Deputies responded to a reported burglary call in the north 40800 block of Short Road after a homeowner found an unidentified male in his barn. When the homeowner confronted the man, later identified as 28-year-old Casey L. Brown, the suspect struck him and fled on foot.
Chewelah Police Officer Matt Miller and his K9 partner Rebel and Deputy Tyler Kullman and K9 Khan responded to the scene in addition to several deputies and additional law enforcement agencies. Air 1 was also called due to the large rural area.
When Brown hadn’t been located nearly three hours later, Kullman and K9 Khan began working back toward their patrol vehicle when K9 Khan suddenly put his nose to the ground and started pulling on his lead. Approximately 100 yards later, K9 Khan behavior changed again, leading Kullman to believe Brown was near.
As Kullman scanned ahead, he observed Brown running through the woods. Kullman immediately gave a K9 warning, advising Brown that his canine partner would be used to capture him if he didn’t surrender. Brown stopped and said, “I give up”, and laid on the ground. Brown was taken into custody without further incident.
Brown was booked into the Spokane County Jail on first-degree burglary, first-degree degree assault, fourth-degree degree, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement charges.
The homeowner received minor injuries as a result of Brown’s assault.