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Convicted violent felon fights with deputies and K9 who found him hiding in trash

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Spokane Valley deputies say a 39-year-old drunk man fought with them and a K9 during a domestic violence call over the weekend.

Deputies responded to the call involving a drunk man who had choked a juvenile on Saturday. It happened in the 8500 block of East Alki. The deputies spoke with the victim, the victim's sister and her young child who locked themselves in a vehicle parked in the driveway after running from the suspect, identified as Dmitry Ivanchenko, to call 911.

The deputies were told Ivanchenko began choking the victim during an argument. The victim said he felt like he would lose consciousness and feared for his life. The victim's sister confirmed this story and red marks were found around the victim's neck.

Deputies gave several loud commands from the doorway of the home telling Ivanchenko he was under arrest, but received no response. Dispatchers informed the deputies on the scene that Ivanchenko was a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history. More units arrived including a K9. Deputies searched the house but couldn't find Ivanchenko, then they turned their attention to a shop in the backyard of the house.

Again deputies made several announcements that Ivanchenko was under arrest and that a K9 would be used if he didn't surrender. The K9 was deployed and quickly began barking at a utility trailer full of boxes and garbage bags. Ivanchenko still didn't surrender, and the K9 went into the trailer.

Ivanchenko resisted arrest, and began hitting the K9. While trying to take the man into custody, deputies hit him with a flashlight and a baton, but he continued to fight. Ivanchenko had his hands jammed in his pockets and would not show deputies his hands. Eventually, Ivanchenko was taken into custody after being hit in the head with a baton.

Medics were called to treat injuries to Ivanchenko's leg and head, he was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment. Ivanchenko will be transferred to Spokane County Jail for second degree assault and obstructing law enforcement. He was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday evening.

No deputies or the K9 were injured during the incident.

Due to the level of force used Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene to investigate.

To ensure a complete and independent investigation, the Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team Officer Involved Protocol was enacted Wednesday afternoon. The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in eastern Washington, including the Spokane Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Spokane Valley Police.

Per Spokane County Sheriff’s Office policy, the deputy involved was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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