Moment suspected thief armed with a crowbar and a machete begs for mercy and screams out in pain as he is pinned to the ground by ‘Gunner’ the police dog after fleeing officers
- Police officers arrived to the residential street in Coventry on September 4
- The suspects were in process of being searched when one of them ran away
- Six-year-old German shepherd PD Gunner chased him and pinned him to ground
- All three men were arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon
Video footage captured the dramatic moment a suspected thief was pinned to the ground by a police dog after attempting to flee officers.
Police were at the scene amid reports of three men getting out of a van wearing gloves and carrying crowbars late at night on September 4, and the suspects were handcuffed and being searched when one of them ran away.
Bodycam footage shows the suspect, clad in an Adidas tracksuit, run along the street as Sergeant John Simpson and six-year-old German shepherd, PD Gunner, chase after him.
The three suspects are lined up after officers received reports of three men getting out of a van wearing gloves and carrying crowbars in Coventry on September 4
One of the suspects, who is wearing an Adidas tracksuit, tries to flee officers and runs along the street
Sgt Simpson is heard shouting to a colleague to ‘grab him’ as he sprints down the street in pursuit of the suspected thief.
He warns the suspect to ‘stand still’ before releasing PD Gunner from his lead and shouting to the canine: ‘Get him! Get him son!’
Just seconds later, the suspect, who is identified as ‘Mr Adidas’ by the police officer, is heard swearing and screaming in pain as PD Gunner holds him down on the pavement.
Now pinned to the ground, the suspect continues to shout: ‘Get that f***ing dog off. The dog’s on my leg!’
Sgt Simpson then instructs the canine to release the man and immediately PD Gunner lets go of the suspect who is being held by another officer.
PD Gunner, who was born into West Midlands Police breeding scheme, was later praised by Sgt Simpson who told him: ‘There’s a good lad. You’re a good boy.’
Officers found two crowbars and a huge machete on the driver’s seat following the incident on September 4.
The suspect is heard swearing and screaming in pain as PD Gunner holds him down
Six-year-old German shepherd, PD Gunner, was born into West Midlands Police breeding scheme
Police officers found two crowbars and a huge machete on the driver’s seat following the incident
The 25-year-old suspect, who was found in possession of the van keys, was taken to hospital for treatment for a minor dog bite.
All three men – the others aged 24 and 28 – were arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
They have been released under investigation while officers conduct more enquiries.