K-9 Max stops fleeing suspect

Columbus officers used one of their police dogs to stop a man who was fleeing at about 5:08 p.m. Thursday near 12th and Washington streets.

Officer John Searle saw Shaun D. Elkins, 37, 1501 N. County Road 475E, leave a house in the 400 block of 12th Street and was attempting to stop him as Elkins had several pending arrest warrants, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When Elkins began to run, Searle sent K-9 Max after him, and stopped Elkins at the intersection of 12th and Washington, Harris said.

Elkins was first taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment and then to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

Elkins faces preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, a Bartholomew County warrant for failure to appear and driving while suspended and a Johnson County warrant for escape and failure to return to lawful detention, Harris said.

He is being held without bond at the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.