CALIFORNIA – Jaris, a 6½-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog was thrown out of a second-story window during an altercation with a suspect in early April. Now, just a few weeks later, Jaris is back on duty to help search for explosives.
Parolee Bryan Bills, 28, was uncooperative with officers, refusing to surrender at a home he had been warned against entering. Officers sent in police dog Jaris to restrain the suspect. When Jaris lunged towards Bills, the man used the dog’s momentum to throw him out of the second-story window, according to police records.
Jaris fell to the concrete below head first. He was disoriented, bleeding from the nose, and staggering. He was transported to an emergency veterinarian in a police cruiser for treatment for head trauma.
Allegedly, Bills continued to fight officers before he was subdued. He was arrested on suspicion of parole violations, resisting arrest, and causing intentional injury to a police dog.
Thankfully, Jaris seems to have made a full recovery and is even making up for lost time. He is taking his latest job seriously and working diligently in a bomb detection team.
Jaris and his handler, Officer Steve Bechtold, worked during the Long Beach Grand Prix on Saturday and the Run Through Redlands on April 21st.
Bomb-sniffing dogs played an important role for both events, as law enforcement officials have concerns that the Boston Marathon bombings could inspire copycat attacks.