Sheriff's K9 tracks down, captures assault suspect in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- Barley, a sheriff's deputy K9 dog, tracked down and helped capture a suspect wanted on aggravated assault charges this morning.

According to a sheriff's report, deputies responded to a threats call at 2:15 a.m. in the 5700 block of 14th Street West. A suspect armed with a firearm had fled on foot. A deputy equipped K9 Barley with his tracking harness and began to walk himto the last known location the suspect was seen.

As they approached the cut behind the Bealls store, K9 Barley began pulling hard south and then cut west through the gate to 58th Avenue Drive West, the report states.

The dog pulled hard to a residence in the 1500 block of 58th Avenue, then led them to a ditch behind the house, pulling the officer for about 75 yards along the ditch line. The dog then went through the wood line and jumped a four-foot fence into a back yard.

He was frantic along the south fence line, according to the report, and pulled toward the residence. He circled around, jumped another fence and jumped on the suspect. The dog grabbed the suspect's upper right shoulder. The suspect was bitten on the front and back of his shoulder.

Kipp Kelly, 34, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm. He was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital, deputies reported.