Marathon Co. captain: K-9 was used properly
A Marathon County captain on Tuesday said it’s unfortunate that a 68-year-old Colby man suffered dog bites to his head after fleeing a routine traffic stop earlier this month, but he believes the sheriff’s department’s K-9 deployment policy was properly followed when apprehending the suspect.
Capt. Sean McCarthy of the patrol division said the injuries sustained by Klyde Gebelein were the result of a quickly escalating situation in which Deputy Troy Deiler, a K-9 handler, was compelled to deploy his partner, Leo.
“It’s just an unfortunate situation all around,” he said. “But if they have to be used in that way, they are.”