Bellefontaine Police Department’s canine officer assisted recently with the peaceful arrest of a multiple offender with a history of running from and fighting with law enforcement.
And K9 Officer Boodik didn’t even have to be actively deployed.
Jordan Brannan, 22, of Bellefontaine, was apprehended around 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, along southbound Euclid Street near Florence Avenue.
Brannan has previous felony convictions for aggravated possession of drugs, vandalism and trespassing.
As recently as June 2022, officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department were chasing after him on foot and ordering him from a wooded area near Florence Avenue at gunpoint after he wouldn’t comply with an arrest warrant.
In February of 2021 during another altercation with Bellefontaine police officers, Brannan reportedly became violent after they buckled him into a cruiser for transport to the Logan County Jail. He was able to unbuckle himself and kick at the cruiser door.
The door struck an officer, jamming his wrist, according to a police report from that incident. Brannan then appeared ready to exit the cruiser and attack the officer, who unholstered a Taser.
Other officers arrived on scene to remove Brannan from the cruiser and place him in leg restraints. Jail staff placed the suspect in a restraint chair as he continued to battle authorities.
Since that June 2022 incident, Brannan absconded his parole and had become a “parolee at-large with a nationwide felony warrant for his arrest,” police report.
When officers received a recent tip the suspect was at an address in the 700 block of Albert Street, they were prepared for the distinct possibility he would be uncooperative and combative again.
Dispatch advised responding officers the suspect had left that location and was walking southbound on Euclid wearing a red coat.
Police identified him at that location walking southbound with both his hands down the front of his pants. Officers exited their patrol car and told the suspect to show his hands, which he did. An officer approached Brannan, secured him by his coat and told him he was being detained, citing the nationwide arrest warrant.
The suspect reportedly was initially reluctant to cooperate, but was told if he resisted or tried to flee, he would be “dog bit,” according to the police report.
Brannan promptly complied and was placed in handcuffs.
Officers confirmed the arrest warrant through District 6 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the suspect was lodged in Logan County Jail.