Men burglarize home, one leads K-9 unit on chase
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City police took two men into custody Wednesday morning after a burglary and subsequent chase of one suspect.
Police responded to a residential burglary in the 900 block of Boonville Road just after 2:30 a.m. and found a pickup truck leaving the area and evidence of forced entry to a window. Officers said another suspect was seen fleeing prior to their arrival. A neighbor was able to give a suspect description for the man who fled the scene.
Officers stopped the vehicle that fled the scene and located items from the home. Officers arrested the driver, 37-year-old Jonathan W. Williamson, of Jefferson City, for driving while revoked, stealing, and burglary in the 2nd degree.
While on a routine patrol later in the morning, veteran JCPD K-9 Officer Paul Gash and K-9 dog Buzz saw a man in the 300 block of Commerce Drive matching the suspect description. When the officer stopped to investigate, the man rain into the woods. The officer and dog pursued the suspect on foot and commanded him stop, but he did not. The K-9 team caught up to the suspect and tackled him. The officer then arrested him. Police said Gash and the suspect suffered minor injuries in the scuffle. They said the suspect also assaulted the dog.
JCPD Capt. Doug Shoemaker said both Gash and Buzz are okay and neither had to go to the hospital.
The officer arrested 38-year-old Eric E. Arnold, of Jefferson City, for burglary in the 2nd degree, stealing, resisting arrest and 2nd degree assault on a law enforcement officer. He was at the Cole County Jail Wednesday, pending charges.
(Editor's note: This story has been updated with details on the officers and their condition.)
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