Caber tracks man who allegedly used golf club in assault and battery

📸 Massachusetts State Police photo of Caber.

AUBURN — Man’s best friend but one man’s worst enemy.

Massachusetts State Police has credited Caber, one of its four-legged officers from the K9 Unit, with the apprehension of a man wanted for an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Auburn last week.

According to State Police, Caber was pressed into service around 11 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, when the Auburn Police Department sought assistance in tracking down the suspect as he fled on foot from local law enforcement. State Trooper Matt Baird of the K9 Unit responded from a nearby paid construction detail and was advised the suspect, whose identity was not provided in a public statement by the State Police, was wanted for an alleged assault and battery with a golf club.

Trooper Baird retrieved an article of the suspect’s clothing to deploy Caber, who quickly acquired the suspect’s scent and began tracking the man. According to the State Police statement: “Tracking from the residence, Caber showed a head snap and strong odor recognition. Caber pulled around a residence and along an embankment of a pool area. Caber pulled hard up another embankment and through an area of bushes. Further ahead of the team, Trooper Baird observed the male suspect lying under bushes attempting to conceal himself. Trooper Baird made several commands for the suspect to surrender but he decided to get up and run from the team. After several warnings, Caber was released and apprehended the suspect.”

The suspect was taken into custody and after receiving medical treatment was booked by Auburn Police.

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