Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Deputy Harry Harris
-Deputy Michael Kilian
Ryan James Packer (Arrested)
Arrested for Battery Against A Police Dog, Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Trespass Property Other Than Structure Or Conveyance and Resisting An Officer With Violence
Deputies have arrested a man who broke into a home and refused to come out when deputies ordered him to do so. Once deputies and the K-9 unit were inside the home the suspect struck one deputy and burned the K-9 police dog.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:28 a.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.
The crime occurred at a private residence located at 1275 Belcher Road, Lot #84 in Dunedin.
Deputies responded to a burglary in progress call at 1275 Belcher Road, Lot #84, in Dunedin at approximately 10:28 a.m. today after it was reported that a male suspect was seen breaking in through a window. Deputies arrived on scene and ordered the suspect to come outside. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to order the suspect out of the home, deputies and the K-9 unit entered the home through the front door with the assistance of the homeowner.
Once inside the residence, the suspect was located in the bathroom but continued to challenge the deputies. The K-9 Deputy again ordered the suspect out of the bathroom to which he refused. As deputies approached the bathroom, Deputy Harry Harris was struck by the suspect and at that time K-9 Deputy Michael Kilian released K-9 Axel. Axel was able to get a firm grip on the suspect, who had a lit cigarette in his right hand and used it to burn Axel twice in the nose in an attempt to free himself.
Deputies were able to gain custody of the suspect, who has been identified as 19-year-old Ryan James Packer. Packer had been trespassed from the mobile home park by management on February 25, 2014. Packer has been charged with Battery Against A Police Dog, Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Trespass Property Other Than Structure Or Conveyance and Resisting An Officer With Violence.
Both Axel and Deputy Harris are doing o.k.
The investigation continues.
Photos of K-9 Axel and a booking photo of Ryan Packer are attached.