Longmeadow Police dog makes his ‘first find’, suspect arrested

Longmeadow Police Dog Kai was deployed into a wooded area.

Photo courtesy: Longmeadow Police Dept.

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Longmeadow Police said a man wanted for domestic assault and battery was arrested Wednesday night around 10 p.m in the area of Hillside Terrace.

Police Dog, K9 Kai, was deployed to find the suspect who was heard running through the woods in that area. Police said Kai immediately began tracking the suspect through heavy brush and forced him out of the woods. Officers were then able to arrest the man and take him into custody.

“Congratulations to K9 Kai on his first find!,” Longmeadow Police wrote on their Facebook.

Police said officers were originally called to the area of Maple Road and Longmeadow Street to search for the suspect. Shortly after, officers saw the suspect running onto Lincoln Park and into the woods.

Photo Courtesy: Longmeadow Police Dept.

Kai first joined the Longmeadow Police Department in September with his handler Officer Amanda Van Buskirk. Kai is originally from Hungary and was transported to the U.S. where police said he was specifically selected by Officer Buskirk. Since then he has completed Patrol School at the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department and has even received a donation for a bullet and stab protective vest to keep him safe.

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