Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

02-25-08 Police K9 Apprehends Suspect in Attic

02-25-08 Police K9 Apprehends Suspect in Attic

    Boise, Feb 25, 2008 - A Boise Police K9 was sent by officers in the attic of a Boise Bench home this afternoon to apprehend a suspect hiding from police. After searching through heavy insulation, the K9 found the suspect, who was violating a domestic No Contact Order. The man still refused to cooperate with police and the dog bit the suspect, leaving him with minor injuries. The suspect was checked by paramedics and taken to the Ada County Jail.

    "This is a case where the K9's training, his nose, size and agility, clearly kept the officers safe and still arrested a wanted suspect," said Sgt. Ted Snyder of the Boise Police Patrol Division. 

    Arrested: Courtney B. Goff, 26, Boise

    Charged: Violation of a No Contact Order (m), Resisting and Obstructing Officers (m)

    Goff also had a no bond warrant out for his arrest for a previous violation of the No Contact Order.

    What Happened: Boise Police accompanied agents from Probation and Parole on a check of a female parolee on the 1900 blk of Owyhee St this afternoon. Soon after officers and agents arrived, they realized the woman was hiding in the attic. A short time later, the woman fell through the ceiling, nearly missing one of the parole agents. She wasn't injured. It was then officers learned the wanted suspect, Goff was also hiding in the attic.

    Goff refused officers commands to come down. Considering the crawl space was small and filled with insulation, officers called a K9 team to respond. The K9 Handler sent the dog, Vigo, into the attic. After sniffing through thick insulation, Vigo eventually found the suspect still hiding. Vigo bit the suspect on the lower leg and the suspect surrendered. The suspect was treated and cleared by paramedics before being taken to the Ada County Jail.

    Vigo is a 3 year old Belgian Malanois who has been working as a Boise Police drug and apprehension dog for the past eight months.