Local Trained K-9 receives United States Police Canine Association's Criminalistic Award of Excellence
In 2008, three especially trained K9 Deputies represented the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office by receiving the United States Police Canine Association's Criminalistic Award of Excellence. They received this award for their performance in the apprehension of a fleeing suspect.
These men are: Region 10 - 4th Quarter Recipient Deputy Mike Dean, Jr. and his K9 companion Emir, Region 10 - 3rd Quarter Recipient Sgt. Tommy Ferrand and his K9 companion Kazon, and Region 10 - 1st Quarter Recipient Sgt. Steven Redmond with his K9 companion Bart.
What led to the men getting this award and their recognition was when Sheriff Daniel Edwards of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office got reports on December 26, 2008 that Chase Joseph Roussell of Killeen, Tx was arrested for pointing a gun at a deputy and leading the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office on a high speed chase through the streets of Hammond. Earlier that evening, Deputies David Copeland, John Eady and Lt. Richard Lindsay were working at Club Escalade in Hammond and due to an unruly crowd the owner decided to shut down the bar at midnight. The Deputies then worked the parking lot and directed traffic. While directing traffic, Deputy Copeland notice a white Cadillac with a Texas license plate parked in the middle of the driveway playing loud music and blocking traffic. Dy. Copeland and Lt. Lindsay approached the vehicle and as they approached they notice the driver's side window was rolled partially down. As Deputy Copeland shined his flashlight into the vehicle he observed a black male, later identified as Chase Joseph Roussell. Dy. Copeland then gave the suspect a loud verbal command, "Sheriff's Officer, turn down the music". Dy. Copeland then noticed the suspect pulled out a small black semi-automatic handgun from his lap and turned it in Dy. Copeland's direction. At this time, Lt. Lindsay tried to enter the passenger side of the car, but Roussell then put the car in drive and speeded toward the west side of the bar. Assisting Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office unit chased after the suspect through areas of Natchez St., West Thomas and eventually to Tangi Lanes Bowling Alley where he crashed his vehicle into the bowling alley. Upon crashing into Tangi Lanes Bowling Alley Russell got out of his car and fled on foot. The Deputies established a perimeter around the building and knowing the suspect may be armed, Sgt. Finn called for assistance from Deputy Mike Dean, Jr. and his companion Emir.
Upon their arrival, Deputy Dean, Jr. and Emir tracked the suspect and later reported to other units that the suspect had been located near a residence at Scanlan Lane. K-9 Emir then tracked the suspect along the north side of the residence and cross the road headed eastbound. The Deputies could see spots of blood near the residence's carport and tracked blood near the door of the residence. The Deputies believed the blood was the result of the suspect's crashing into the bowling alley. Deputies observed the suspect sitting nearby and Dy. Dean Jr. went to the rear of the car and gave loud verbal commands, "Sherifif's Office, K-9 show your hands or the dog will bite you!" Dy. Dean, Jr. did not receive a response from the suspect and did not see his hands. He again gave the command to show his hands. The suspect then rolled toward his hands, which were still concealed from the deputy's view. When the suspect wouldn't show his hands, Dy. Dean Jr., afraid he was going after his weapon told the K-9 Emir to apprehend the suspect. The K-9 Emir then successfully apprehended Roussell and Dy. Albert Sharp handcuffed the suspect and Dy. Dean Jr. gave K-9 Emir a verbal command to release the suspect and he complied.
Later, Acadian Ambulance was dispatched to treat the suspect. Upon their arrival they transported the suspect to Lallie Kemp Hospital for medical treatment. After the suspect was taken to the hospital, the deputies then searched the area near where the suspect was apprehended and found articles of clothing, a 9 mm pistol, 8 live rounds of ammunition. Roussell was treated and released from the hospital, booked and charged by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office on possession of a firearm, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest by flight, criminal damage to property, and reckless operation of a vehicle.