Police tase suspect accused of strangling a SPD K9

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 14 at 8:51 AM

Spokane, Wash.-- Officers used a taser to subdue and arrest a chronic offender who attempted to choke a K9 Tuesday according to the Spokane Police Department.

Richard M. Urbanski, 29, suffered minor injuries according to police. He was later booked into the Spokane County Jail on the DOC warrant and for Harming a Police Dog.  K9 Rav was not seriously injured in the struggle according to police.

The entire thing began when officers arrived at a home near the intersection of East 9th Avenue and South Sherman Street at about 4:00 p.m. to serve an escape warrant from the Department of Corrections for the convicted felon Richard M. Urbanski, 29, according to police. Authorities said Urbanski is considered a violent offender and officers received information that he was armed with a knife.  Urbanski had 10 previous felony convictions for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property and Resisting Arrest according to police.

Members of the Chronic Offender Unit announced that Urbanski was under arrest and asked him to leave the residence.  Officers said after several unanswered attempts, they called a K9 Officer and K9 Rav to the scene to assist.

K9 Rav found Urbanski in a crawl space underneath a staircase in the home according to police. His handler reported hearing a struggle and a change in Rav’s breathing.  Officers said Urbanski was choking Rav by holding on to and twisting his collar. The officers eventually deployed a taser and Urbanski released Rav according to police.

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