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Mill Creek's new K9 team completes first successful track

Mill Creek Police Officer Nathan Lerma and K9 Bagira. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.
Mill Creek Police Officer Nathan Lerma and K9 Bagira. Photo courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

By Joni Kirk, Mill Creek Director of Communication and Marketing.

The City of Mill Creek Police Department’s new K9 team successfully captured its first subject after only four shifts working together. Officer Nathan Lerma and Police Service Dog Bagira just recently completed basic training and began active police work together only that week.

Late on Saturday, January 27, 2018, Lynnwood Police requested the assistance of the Mill Creek Canine Unit in the 4100 block of 196th Street SW, near the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Officers were searching for a 22-year old Lynnwood man wanted by the Department of Corrections for Escape Community Custody and a misdemeanor warrant for violation of a domestic violence protection order.

The subject had fled from officers on foot when they contacted him.

Officer Lerma and Bagira responded to assist Lynnwood Police in searching for the subject.

Bagira led officers to a location nearby where the subject was found hiding.

The subject continued to attempt to flee on foot from officers and Bagira but was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Officers from Mill Creek Police, Lynnwood Police, Mountlake Terrace Police, Edmonds Police, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office worked together on this incident.

Bagira and Officer Lerma recently completed 10 grueling weeks in training for search, agility, obedience, basic police canine training, and case and statute law. Now certified, they have returned to Mill Creek and are sharpening their skills in the field.

The team will work together for about six months before embarking on a six-week course on drug detection.

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