Jackson County K9 Unit Track Suspect in Heavily Wooded AreasMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 12 2021 3:35 PM
JACKSON COUNTY: On July 8, 2021, at 7:50 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) responded to a suspect fleeing on foot after a vehicle pursuit in the vicinity of Highway 69 and Whispering Pines Circle in Greenwood.
The K-9 Tracking Unit deployed and immediately established a track in the northwest direction. The unit continued to track the suspect through multiple residential locations and heavily wooded areas until approximately midnight, when the scent could no longer be followed, at which time the search for the suspect was called off for the night.
At 11:30 a.m. on July 9th, the search continued after the JCSO received a call of a suspect attempting to break into a residence in the area of Highway 69 and Whispering Pines Circle. The suspect was identified as the same individual fleeing the area the night before.
The JCSO K-9 Tracking Unit was deployed again and a track was immediately established. The suspect, Michael Trice, was tracked out of a wooded area, where he was taken into custody by JCSO deputies without incident. He was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing and Eluding, and Driving Without a License, and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility (JCCF). Additionally, on the night of July 9, 2021, at 8:25 p.m., the JCSO K-9 Tracking Unit responded to another incident involving a suspect who fled the area of Old US Road and Caverns Road on foot after attempting theft of a motor vehicle.
It was learned the suspect had previously stolen a vehicle in Dothan, AL. While at a gas station on Caverns Road, he was confronted by the vehicle owner, as he attempted to carjack a vehicle occupied by two young children. During the altercation, the suspect discarded a firearm.
The K-9 Tracking Unit responded and established a track in the area of Caverns State Park, where the suspect identified as Quantravious Pierson, of Headland, AL, was quickly located and taken to the JCCF. Pierson was charged with Petit Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Carjacking.
Since the creation and implementation of the JCSO K-9 Tracking Unit, the JCSO has seen an immediate improvement in the ability to apprehend dangerous individuals seeking to commit crime in our County. Sheriff Edenfield would like to thank the men and women of JCSO for their dedication to public safety as well as the residents for their willingness to notify law enforcement when they encounter suspicious activity.