Los Angeles Police Department bloodhound Tuesday helped authorities track down an escaped criminal “armed and dangerous” suspect after a California Highway Patrol officer was shot and critically wounded in Studio City the night before.
Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi 33, was the suspect in this shooting. He was located and taken into custody in a homeless camp after LAPD K-9 Piper tracked him down.
“We do this on a daily basis. This is what we train for, retrain for — these big events — and we were ready,“ Piper’s handler, LAPD officer Josh Leon, told KTLA.
The officer explained to me that bloodhounds are attracted to skin grafts and will search for scents associated with a person.
Leon said all the right conditions were in place for Piper to track the suspect’s scent following the shooting.
“It happened in the middle of the night so wind contamination wasn’t really a factor, the heat wasn’t there. So I knew that with those three things on our side, time was the last of my worries,”Leon said.
After Piper was given the suspect’s scent, she took off, leading officers to a homeless encampment over half a mile away.
Piper was taken back by the team once they reached the tent. A tactical team then moved in to place the suspect under arrest.
“Bloodhounds, in general, they’re loving dogs, they’re happy-go-lucky dogs… So they don’t know the difference if we’re looking for a person that’s a bad guy or a person that’s lost,” Leon said.
Piper and the other LAPD bloodhounds can be used to find missing children or elderly persons, not suspects.
“We don’t allow them to go up because they can’t defend themselves and also because the person may be armed and dangerous,”Leon said.
Piper was rewarded by the officer for locating the suspect. hamburger.
“When they get a big one, we give them a hamburger. … In-N-Out is their favorite,” Leon said.