BRADENTON — Canine Officer Matthew Palmer has been named Officer of the Month for June by the Bradenton Police Department.
Palmer and canine Riggs were on patrol at 2 a.m. Sunday, June 8, near the 600 block of 21st Avenue West where officers investigated various complaints, including the threat of a drive-by shooting.
Palmer reportedly heard multiple gunshots ring out nearby and saw a car speeding away. Palmer pursued the vehicle into the 200 block of 28th East where it crashed into a fire hydrant and driver and passenger ran.
Backup officers arrived and arrested the passenger as Palmer followed the driver in running eastbound through several yards. Palmer then released his canine and arrested the driver.
The investigation reportedly discovered the driver and passenger had stopped in front of a residence in the 600 block of 21st Avenue West and fired multiple shots near several people, none injured, who were gathered outside.
Lt. Brian Thiers nominated Palmer and Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski named him BPD Officer of the Month for July.