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Police defend using K-9 unit German Shepherd in dramatic arrest of a man


South Dakota police defend the arrest of a domestic violence suspect after a video shows a K-9 unit German Shepherd bite the screaming man after he fails to cooperate with cops

  • Sioux Falls police used a K-9 unit German Shepherd to aid in the arrest of a domestic violence suspect on May 3
  • A neighbor filmed the incident from the window of their home, with video showing the dog bite the screaming suspect
  • The man, identified as Dylan Ites, was subsequently charged with felony aggravated assault and a variety of other offences
  • Police have defended using the German Shepherd in the arrest, saying it was a safer option than unleashing a taser gun or pepper spray

South Dakota authorities are defending the use of a K-9 German Shepherd in the dramatic arrest of a domestic violence suspect who was fleeing from police. 

The incident occurred in suburban Sioux Falls on the afternoon of May 3, after cops were called by a woman who claimed that the suspect, Dylan Ites, 27, had choked her. 

A neighbor filmed the arrest and shared the footage on social media, where it has been viewed tens of thousands of times. 

The clip begins with Ites sitting in a window well as an officer holds the barking K-9 unit dog, named Spike. 

Demanding that Ites remove himself from the well and hand himself in, the cop warns: ‘Get out dude, or you’re gonna get bit!’

However, the suspect is slow to cooperative, staying in the well as another officer arrives on the scene in a patrol car. 

27-year-old Dylan Ites was arrested after being bitten by the K-9 unit German Shepherd when he failed to cooperate with police. He has been charged with felony aggravated assault domestic, resisting arrest, interference with 911 and fleeing police.

27-year-old Dylan Ites was arrested after being bitten by the K-9 unit German Shepherd when he failed to cooperate with police. He has been charged with felony aggravated assault domestic, resisting arrest, interference with 911 and fleeing police.

‘The dog will bite you! Back up!’ the second cop says, before the canine dramatically lunges toward Ites.  

The officers pull Ites out of the well and detain him, before Spike begins to bite the suspect on his side.  

‘Good boy! Good boy!’ one officer says to Spike as Ites cries out in pain. 

His wailing lasts for fifteen seconds, before police brandish handcuffs and eventually place him under arrest. 

The dramatic video has gone viral on Facebook, with many claiming that the police overreacted by unleashing the dog.

The neighbor's video begins with Ites sitting in a window well as an officer holds the barking K-9 unit dog, named Spike

The neighbor’s video begins with Ites sitting in a window well as an officer holds the barking K-9 unit dog, named Spike 

The officers pull the man out of the well and detain him, before Spike begins to bite suspect on his side

The officers pull the man out of the well and detain him, before Spike begins to bite suspect on his side

In the video, Ites can be heard wailing for 15 seconds as Spike sinks his teeth in

In the video, Ites can be heard wailing for 15 seconds as Spike sinks his teeth in

However, Sgt. Michael Olson of the Sioux Falls Police Department has defended the arrest tactic. 

He claimed that Ites was not cooperating with officers, and that using pepper spray or a taser would have been more dangerous as he could have fallen backwards in the well. 

Officers also said they did not know whether or not Ites was armed at the time. 

After his arrest, Ites was treated for injuries before being taken to jail. 

He has been charged with felony aggravated assault domestic, resisting arrest, interference with 911 and fleeing police. 

Spike (pictured) is  one of the German Shepherds used by the Sioux Falls Police Department

Spike (pictured) is  one of the German Shepherds used by the Sioux Falls Police Department

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