Green Forest arrest ends with attack by CCSO K-9

Friday, October 3, 2014

A 24-year-old Berryville man was injured Sept. 20 when he was attacked by a Carroll County Sheriff's Office K-9 during an incident in Green Forest.

According to a report by Officer Tucker Mallett of the Green Forest Police Department, he was called to Garden Gate Apartments on the afternoon of Sept. 20 to investigate a possible disturbance involving a gun. Upon arriving, Mallett called Officer Irvin Earles in for backup. CCSO deputy D.J. Harlan, along with his K-9, Tyson, and another deputy arrived to provide further assistance around the same time.

The officers approached the apartment where -- according to Mallett's report -- a resident had told them Brennan Badley inside with a gun.

According to Mallett's report, Badley ran out the back door and the officers followed, quickly persuading the man to surrender. Once Mallett handcuffed Badley in a prone position, he informed the man that he would begin to stand him up.

According to Harlan, he did not hear the command and, in turn, could not prepare his dog for the suspect's sudden movement. Sensing the movement, the K-9 lunged and dug his teeth into Badley's leg.

According to Mallett, Harlan "was able to remove the K-9 from Badley's leg after multiple commands and physical manipulation of the dog."

Mallett reported that Badley was bleeding from his leg "and what appeared to be muscle was exposed from the wound."

According to Mallett's report, Badley was transported to Mercy Hospital in Berryville for treatment. Mallett went to the hospital and reported that Badley admitting throwing a gun while he was being chased by officers. Another officer located the gun. Mallett reported that after being treated, Badley was arrested on a previous warrant for first-degree criminal mischief. He was not charged in connection with the incident that led to the dog bite.

Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey said Wednesday that he was waiting on copies of reports from the CCSO as well as a video recording of the incident. Bailey said CCSO provided an Internet address where he could view the video but that he had not been able to download it.

CCSO Lt. Michael Zimmerman explained that the dog reacted to Badley's movement according to his training, noting that Tyson hasn't attacked other suspects once they were on the ground.

"It's not like this particular dog just runs and bites anyone who is around," he said. "There are specific things he looks for. This guys rolls over on his right side and Tyson thinks he's trying to run away."

Zimmerman said that the attack occurred because the arresting officers and the county officers were not communicating well, which is "necessary" when dealing with police dogs.

"When a K-9 team is on the scene, everything needs to be communicated," Zimmerman said. "No one communicated with the K-9."

According to Zimmerman, Tyson is an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Zimmerman said Badley is healing well.

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