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Suspect tells K9 deputy 'I could beat your dog in a fight'

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Strange news from Salem, Oregon: a man made a bold assertion after being apprehended by a K9 team. On Monday, Jan. 27, KOMO 4 News reported that a fleeing suspect was caught by an Oregon K9, but later asserted that he could have "[beaten] the dog in a fight."

Fortunately, the suspect will never have to find out.

When the suspect was trapped in a dead end after fleeing in his car, he got out and began to walk toward the sheriff's deputy. When the suspect ignored commands to stop walking, the deputy released his police dog, named "Yo." The police K9 grabbed the suspect's leg and the man began fighting with Yo, trying to pry the dog's mouth off of his leg.

Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger intervened to help his K9 and the suspect, 35-year-old Joshua Stephenson of Eugene, Ore., was taken into custody.

According to the Sheriff's office, Stephenson stated: "You have a great dog, he did his job very well, but next time in a fight I could take him."

Wollenschlaeger pulled over Stephenson on Deer Park Drive SE near Corban University in Salem at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 before the suspect fled. Stephenson was taken to Marion County Jail after a visit to Salem Hospital.

Stephenson's claims of beating the police dog will never be tested - and are instead relegated to strange news. He is currently being held on multiple charges, including DUI, Recklessly Endangering Another, Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Elude, and Interfering with a Police Animal.

The Marion County K9 Unit has seven K9 teams, with four patrol teams and three teams dedicated to narcotics detection. The team has one German shepherd, two Labrador retrievers, and four Belgian Malinois.

Patrol police dogs receive training to conduct building searches and track suspects. Narcotics detection police dogs are trained to detect narcotics substances.

In addition to protecting the community, the Marion County K9 Unit also conducts public demonstrations a churches, schools, and community events. Learn more about them here.

Police K9s cost approximately $10,000 and they are purchased through donations. You can help support the Oregon police dogs by making a donation through their PayPal site or by completing a donation form.

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