SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police tased and arrested a man hiding in a garage early Saturday morning after he violently fought officers and a K-9.
Police received a report of a suspicious person hiding near W. 2nd Avenue and S. Oak Street at around 4:45 a.m. The caller reported finding overturned flowers on his porch, scattered clothes in the yard, and said he believed the suspect was attempting to break into his truck.
Officers reported seeing a partially clothed man running in the area when they arrived on scene. Officers reportedly tried to contact him, but he did not respond to their commands according to police.
Authorities said the suspect, Adam Butler, 33, ran into a garage connected to a duplex and refused to come out. Through the open garage, officers could see a large folding saw on the floor.
Police said they continued to talk to Butler and tried to get him out of the garage safely, but he refused to come out.
Officers later brought in a K-9. They announced the K-9 several times, but he continued to ignore police. Butler began to assault the K-9 and move closer to officers after it was released into the garage.
Police said Butler began violently hitting and kicking the officers and continued even after a taser was applied.
Officials said a woman, later identified as Butler’s girlfriend, also ran into the garage and tried to jump on the back of one of the officers. She told police the suspect was not supposed to be at the home.
Police said Butler eventually quit fighting. He was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail on two counts of 3rd Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Harming a Police Dog.
According to authorities, Butler told officers he appreciated that they treated him with professionalism and used a very minimal amount of force during the chaos.
He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.