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Franklin fugitive captured Friday with aid of K9 officer

Renville County K9 officer Duke helped apprehend a fugitive Friday near Franklin.

The Renville County Sheriff’s office apprehended a fugitive Friday with help from a K9 officer.

On Dec. 18, at about 1 p.m., the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on the 66000 block of 410th Street, about two miles northeast of Franklin.

Responding deputies learned one of the subjects involved in the domestic altercation was likely hiding in a house on the property.  The suspect, Javier Diaz Garza, age 52 of rural Franklin, also had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest.  Garza refused to communicate with deputies and ignored commands to exit the house.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office canine unit arrived at the scene and, despite repeated canine announcements and warnings, Garza refused to give himself up.  K9 “Duke” was deployed inside the house to search for Garza and discovered him hiding under the bed in a bedroom.  K9 Duke apprehended Garza and held him until deputies could secure him and take him into custody.

Garza was taken to an area hospital and treated for a non-life threatening dog bite injury before he was booked into the Renville County Jail.  No deputies or other people were injured during the event.

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