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Suspect in Kelowna E-Bike theft seriously injured by police dog, requires surgery

Last Updated Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm PDT

(Source: iiobc.ca)
Summary

Kelowna RCMP say a man whose E-Bike had been stolen flagged down a cruiser around 10 p.m. 

An 'altercation' ensued during the arrest and the dog bit, seriously injured the suspect

KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) — A man who allegedly stole an E-bike in Kelowna had to have surgery after being bitten by a police dog Saturday night, according to police.

Kelowna RCMP say a man whose E-Bike had been stolen flagged down a cruiser around 10 p.m.

An officer and his police dog were sent to the ‘Rail Trail’ where they saw a man coming towards them.

“Efforts were made to stop the suspect and ultimately a collision occurred with the police dog. Then a struggle ensued between the officer and the suspect. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody with the assistance of the police dog and additional officers,” reads a release from the Kelowna RCMP.

The Independent Investigations Office has been called in to investigate because the suspect was seriously hurt when the dog bit him.

“The suspect had an interaction with a police service dog and his handler, and sustained a serious dog-bite injury. The man was taken to Kelowna General Hospital, where he underwent surgery,” says a release from the IIO.

The dog also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the vet.

The IIO is called in to investigate “officer-involved incidents” that result in serious injury or death.

Witnesses with information are being asked to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.