A shoplifting suspect in Foley was well on his way to "slipping away" from police until another officer visiting from out of town jumped into action. The officer here for a national police K-9 competition says moving in and stopping the suspect is what he's trained to do.
With K-9's like, Axel and Saban, there are close to 100 officers in the Foley area this week for this competition. One officer from Ida County, Iowa saw some real life action off the course.
It all happened earlier this week at the Foley Walmart parking lot. Police say suspect John Craig Turner loaded up with stolen merchandise. Soon there was a police foot chase through the parking lot. Police say Turner was moving fast through the parked cars.
With dozens of police officers in the area, it was one sheriff's deputy from Ida County, Iowa made the arrest.
"He was running. He was running as fast as he could," said Deputy Andrew Shillington with the Ida County, Iowa Sheriff's Office.
" I put my car in drive and attempted to cut the guy off and keep him in a position where they could catch up to him," said Deputy Shillington.
Always on patrol, Deputy Shillington and his K-9 Anou are here from Iowa to compete in the National Patrol Dog Competition, part of the U.S. Police Canine Association's big annual event. " In nationals, you have to have a certain score in regionals to qualify to come here so there's a lot of good dogs here," said Deputy Shillington.
It's the real reason all these officers are here this week.
"All the dogs here today compete and there's 82 teams, a handler and the canine. They come from 34 different departments from the New York Police Department to St. Paul, Minnesota so they are really come from all over. This is the first time we've hosted the event," said Cpl. Daniel Hudson with the Foley Police Department.