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Prescott Valley K-9s assist other law enforcement agencies

Officer McNally with Ike, Officer O’Hagan with Bojar and Officer Hines with Joey of the Prescott Valley Police Department had a busy weekend last week.<br>
Prescott Valley Police Department/Courtesy photo

Officer McNally with Ike, Officer O’Hagan with Bojar and Officer Hines with Joey of the Prescott Valley Police Department had a busy weekend last week.<br> Prescott Valley Police Department/Courtesy photo

Prescott Valley Police K-9s helped other law enforcement agencies catch a suspect and check a building for hidden dangers last weekend.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, K-9 Joey and his handler Officer Paul Hines along with Bojar and his handler Keven O'Hagan, helped the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office catch a suspect, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

YCSO deputies tried to arrest a suspect on a number of felonies when he fought with them and fled.

The K-9s were called in to help find and catch the suspect without putting officers' lives in unnecessary danger, Bonney said.

During the search, deputies found Valentin Ochoa, but he fled again, refused to comply with orders to stop, and was warned that a police K-9 would be deployed. Officer Hines deployed K-9 Joey who caught Ochoa, Bonney said.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, K-9 Bojar and his handler Officer O'Hagan helped with a protective sweep of a home after a shooting.

Bojar, who is trained in explosives detection, can search a building before officers enter to find any hidden dangers to officers before they enter, Bonney said.

The Prescott Valley Police Department's K-9 unit, funded by the Yavapai County Community Foundation, helps protect people and reduce risks to officers' lives, Bonney said.

The K-9s are available to all Yavapai County law enforcement agencies and are often called on to assist when their skills are needed, Bonney said.

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