It was supposed to be a routine door-knock. The type that police carry out hundreds of times a week without any problems.
Police Constable Mitchel Alatalo, 39, and long-serving dog handler Bruce Lamb, 51 – along with 6-year-old canine colleague, Gage – had no reason to be overly concerned when they were sent to the Christchurch suburb of Linwood yesterday to find a person with psychiatric problems who was threatening another person.
The officers felt comfortable enough to leave their Tasers in the car as they went door-knocking.
The person they were looking for could not be found. Instead, they discovered – thanks to a strong whiff of cannabis – a nearby house being used to grow marijuana.
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