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K9 Enzo helps bust three suspects over the weekend

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County Sheriff's Office K9 Enzo had a busy weekend. Deputies report he helped nab three suspects over the weekend.

The first bust happened on Friday evening. Spokane Valley Deputies, responding to a person with a weapons call, learned the suspect was last seen hiding in a neighboring trailer.  The trailer was surrounded and announcements to surrender were given, and ignored, until K9 Enzo announced his presence.

Around 6 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to a report of a man armed with a knife arguing with a woman. When deputies arrived they learned the man, identified as 48-year-old Jeffrey G. Jeffus, had assaulted his girlfriend and fought with another man at the house who tried to help. Deputies ran Jeffus' name and found an active warrant for his arrest. 

Deputies also learned Jeffus ran into a neighboring trailer without consent and told the residents they needed to hide him because he was fighting with his girlfriend and the police were coming.  The occupants of the trailer told Jeffus to leave but he refused.  They confirmed he was still inside without permission but they did not want to pursue charges. 

With the information Jeffus was assaultive, possibly armed and refusing to exit the trailer, Deputy McNall began drafting a search warrant and the SWAT Team was called out to assist.

Once at the scene, Deputy Pfeifer and his partner K9 Enzo took a position near the front door of the residence.  As announcements advising Jeffus to surrender continued, Deputy Pfeifer gave a K9 warning advising Jeffus K9 Enzo would be used to find him and when found, he could be bitten.  Deputy Pfeifer gave K9 Enzo a bark command causing K9 Enzo to firmly and loudly announce his presence. 

A few monuments later, Jeffus appeared in the doorway and surrendered.  The SWAT Team response was cancelled and Jeffus received medical treatment for injuries he sustained earlier during the initial fight. 

Jeffus was later booked into the Spokane County Jail for the felony DOC warrant.  He faces new charges of Assault 4th Degree (DV) and Obstructing Law Enforcement in conjunction with this incident.

That same night, just before 1 a.m., K9 Enzo was called into action again after a man fled from police trying to conduct a traffic stop.

Deputies say the driver, Shaun T. Jackson, led deputies on a pursuit. He slowed down near E. Empire and N. Argonne to let his passenger out of the car. The passenger surrendered to deputies, but Jackson sped away.

Jackson turned south on Woodruff which comes to a dead end just north of Trent. Jackson drove off the road and along the railroad tracks before ditching his car and taking off on foot. Deputies established a perimeter and called in Enzo to help with the search for Jackson. Enzo eventually found Jackson hiding behind a nearby business. Jackson was given medical attention before being booked into the Spokane County Jail on eluding and obstructing charges.

K9 Enzo's third capture came on Sunday night. Around 8:30 p.m., Deputy Kyle Leavenworth saw a black BMW without a front license plate on N. Hazard near W. Woolard in North Spokane County.

When the deputy turned around to conduct a traffic stop, the driver, 28-year-old Pavel Y. Filipenko, took off speeding. The BMW was going an estimated 75 mph when Deputy Leavenworth lost sight of him briefly. He spotted the BMW again a short time later pulling into a driveway in the 17900 block of N. Hazard. Then he took off running.

Deputy Leavenworth called for backup. While waiting for backup the deputy made several announcement over the PA that Filipenko was under arrest. A man and a woman made their way toward Deputy Leavenworth. He told them to sit down until deputies arrived.  When backup came, the woman, identified as 23-year-old Brianna D. Davidson, told Leavenworth that the BMW was her car and that a man named "John" was planning to purchase the car and had taken it out for a test drive. Davidson was detained and later arrested after a check of her name showed she had an active misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.

When Deputy Pfeifer and K9 Enzo arrived, they began a track to locate Filipenko.  K9 Enzo tracked from the BMW to the residence and around the back.  He continued into a pasture behind the residence and up to an outbuilding which was apparently used to house sheep.  Deputy Pfeifer gave another K9 warning, advising anyone inside the building K9 Enzo would be used to search but he did not receive a response.  K9 Enzo moved into the outbuilding and made contact with Filipenko who was hiding just inside.  Filipenko was taken into custody without further incident. 

Filipenko was provided medical attention at the scene.  A small amount of what appeared to be heroin was located in his wallet.  The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for heroin.   

Filipenko was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin, Resisting, Driving while Suspended 3rd Degree, and his felony warrant.  

 

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