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K9 Laslo makes 4 captures in last shift before retirement

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office K9 Laslo is officially retired. But he wasn't about to go out without a little action. 

On Laslo's last shift with his partner, Corporal Jeff Thurman on February 25th, the team helped to capture 4 suspects who were charged with multiple crimes during separate calls. 

The first incident occurred around 8:30 p.m., when Corporal Thurman observed a vehicle pulling out of a parking lot near Park on Trent and speeding southbound on Park. The driver, 53-year-old John M. Fay, failed to stop for Thurman's lights and siren, and attempted to evade capture until his car started smoking. The suspect attempted to flee the car on foot, and continued to run despite commands to stop. 

K9 Laslo was released, and quickly brought Fay to the ground. The suspect attempted to hit Laslo, but another deputy arrived to assist and placed the suspect in handcuffs. Fay said he ran because he didn’t have a driver’s license and “should have stopped.” He was booked into the Spokane County Jail for various charges, including resisting arrest. 

But the night didn't stop there. K9 Laslo and Corporal Thurman assisted in apprehending three burglary suspects who fled from a stolen car. 

The suspects had attempted to steal from storage units in Post Falls, and then fled on foot after their vehicle got stuck in a ditch. 

Officers and Deputies from various departments established a perimeter, gave K0 warnings, and then released Laslo. 

K9 Laslo found 25-year-old Michael T. Namet hiding behind a storage shed, and and brought another suspect, 39-year-old Teresa A. Rutter to the ground when she attempted to flee. Laslo then jumped on 44-year-old David A. Kropp.

All three suspects were taken into custody, provided medical treatment, and booked into Spokane County Jail.