K9 named for fallen Pierce Co. deputy nabs 6 bad guys on anniversary of deputy's death

K9 Dan (Photo: Pierce County Sheriff's Department)

TACOMA, Wash. -- A Pierce County Sheriff's police dog that was named for a fallen deputy had a very busy and successful week busting six suspected criminals on and near the anniversary of the deputy's death.

Deputy Daniel McCartney was killed on Jan. 7, 2018 during a burglary call in Frederickson.

At McCartney's memorial, one of the K9 officers who had worked with McCartney quite often announced that the department's newest police dog at the time was given the name K9 Dan in honor of their fallen deputy.

"There's a new K9 on our department who will be hitting the streets soon. I met with Dan's boys several days ago and they decided that his name should be Dan," Deputy Luke Baker said. "So I'm putting all bad guys in Pierce County on notice: Dan is still coming for you, as am I, as is every other person in this department, because that is what we do."

K9 Dan has been on the streets since, and during the week of the one year anniversary of McCartney's death, he's been particularly busy.

Deputies said Dan busted six suspects in robbery, domestic violence, drug possessions cases, and captured fugitives with felony warrants.

"That is way more captures than a dog would normally get," said Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. "It was one of the best weeks we could ever recall of one dog ever having."

Dan's week, as told by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department:

* Monday 1/7/2019, 6:42 a.m., residence on Sheridan Ave. in Tacoma - K9 Dan located and recovered stolen property that was hidden by a burglary suspect.
* Monday 1/7/2019, 8:40 a.m., residence on 219th St. Ct. E. in Elk Plain - K9 Dan tracked fugitive who was wanted on felony assault and escape warrants and fled from residence, and located the suspect hiding in a crawlspace under a house.
* Monday 1/7/2019, 12:46 p.m., Target store in Lakewood - K9 Dan captured a robbery suspect who fought with store security, fled in a vehicle and crashed, then ran into a park.
* Tuesday 1/8/2019, 8:37 a.m., apartments at 128th St. E. & Meridian in South Hill - K9 Dan tracked fugitive who was wanted on domestic violence and firearm warrants who fled on foot from deputies, and located suspect hiding under stairwell.
* Thursday 1/10/2019, 8:52 a.m., residence on 125th St. E. in Bonney Lake - K9 Dan assisted in apprehension of two fugitives with felony warrants who were hiding in a house.
* Thursday 1/10/2019, 1:30 p.m., vacant business at 106th & Canyon in Summit - K9 Dan tracked drug possession suspect who fled on foot from deputies, located suspect's discarded clothing in blackberries, located suspect hiding under bushes.
* Sunday 1/13/2019, 1:18 p.m., residence on 112th St. S. in Parkland - K9 Dan assisted in apprehending a domestic violence stabbing suspect who was hiding in a house.

"The remarkable thing is that the dog was successful in everything that it did," Troyer said. "From clearing buildings to finding transients that were doing drugs and taking over people's property to tracking robbery suspects to finding evidence that was dumped when somebody ran away. The dog just did his job and he did it well and he did it on daily basis, all week long and in fact had a couple successful captures in a day. Sometimes our dogs will have a couple captures a month, sometimes they'll have three but here we have multiple incidents in a one week period where this dog was very successful."

Deputies admit the timing may have been a coincidence, but maybe not?

"We like to think he had a little extra inspiration from above," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department tweeted.

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