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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Beacon Editor 

K-9 sent to scene of Mill Creek shooting


Last updated 11/6/2020 at 4:02pm

A shooting in the Gold Creek Community Church parking lot last month drew the Mill Creek Police K-9 unit to the scene.

Mill Creek Police responded because the call came from just outside city limits at the Gold Creek Church parking lot at 4326 148th Street SE.

Ian Durkee, public information officer and one of two corporals for the city, said a K-9 handler is standard procedure in an incident such as the one Oct. 18. The K-9 officer can help search for evidence, and officers “often don’t know if someone was on foot or in a (vehicle).”

“Typically, on calls like that, they’ll send a K-9 agency,” he said.

If suspects are fleeing on foot, the K-9 can assist in tracking suspects and help with an evidence search, he said.

K-9 tracking dogs have a general purpose of “tracking human odor and locating (items) that contain human odor” such as weapons and other evidence, Durkee said.

Other local agencies with K-9 units are Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Arlington and Marysville.

They are dispatched when “those priority calls come out that generally involve harm to people,” Durkee said.


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