DEVELOPING NEWS: 83-year-old, elderly woman bit by Coon Rapids Police’s dog

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SUAB HMONG NEWS (02/07/2017) — Coon Rapids Police Department released the audio of the police officers prior to letting their K9 (dog) bit an elderly 83-year-old woman on the morning of February 5, 2017 on their Facebook site.  (Note. 83 years old taken from Suab Hmong News interviewed Joua Xiong and she said her age is 83 years old.  81 years old from the police report.)
CLICK HERE to listen to the police’s audio or if you have Facebook account, CLICK HERE to listen on the Coon Rapids Police Department Facebook.
Below detail information is taken from the Coon Rapids Police Department’s Facebook site.
Police Department Statement regarding a response call from 2-5-17 at 6:40 a.m.
Anoka County Central Communications received a call at 6:40 a.m. of a caller reporting that an unknown person was in her backyard in the 2700 block of 121st Lane in Coon Rapids. The description provided by the caller was of a person in a black coat, walking between yards, going toward Crooked Lake Boulevard. The caller called back a few minutes later to say she heard a loud noise outside of her home and she did not know where it came from. Dispatch personnel describe her as sounding “very panicked.”
6:50 a.m. – A Coon Rapids Police officer arrived on scene and reported seeing someone in a backyard in the area, in a shed with a flash light
6:55 a.m. – Coon Rapids Police officer responded to the situation by yelling a K-9 warning at the suspect
6:56 a.m. – Several K-9 warnings were given, police ask for perimeter to be set up
6:58 a.m. – Suspect is reported to still be in the shed with no signs of coming out
7:00 a.m. – Police report 10 to 15 K-9 warnings had been given, and the suspect failed to react to any officer commands
7:00 a.m. – Police ask dispatch to see if the caller had reported any forced entry into her home
7:02 a.m. – Extra police begin arriving to help
7:05 a.m. – Started an ambulance routine; canine released to go into the shed and apprehend suspect
7:06 a.m. – Suspect was in custody and being taken to hospital; woman bitten on arm by dog
It was only after the burglary suspect was taken into custody that officers later learned the person apprehended was an 81 year-old non-English speaking female. She apparently was unable to comprehend any of the commands officers gave her that would have led her to come out of the shed on her own and avoid any further intervention by the officers.
The Coon Rapids Police Department takes reports of suspicious activity very seriously and appreciates the public’s help in alerting officers to suspicious situations. In this case, officers responded to the suspicious person report that occurred at a time of day and under circumstances that led officers to believe they were interrupting a burglary in progress. In this context, officers acted appropriately. Witness reports state K-9 warnings and yelling could be heard loudly in the area as several neighbors woke up to the noise and began turning lights on.
The Coon Rapids Police Department is dedicated to providing exceptional service to the community. The department understands there is public concern on social media about the way this incident appears at first glance. However, with the facts the officers were dealing with at the time, including dispatch information and assessment of the scene, they responded to the incident in an appropriate manner. Officers are trained to speak clear, simple commands in the hopes that officers can be understood when they are dealing with people on calls. It is always our goal to have a safe outcome for all citizens and officers, no matter the circumstances.
Audio of this call is attached.