K-9 Released From Car Via Remote Control Used to Subdue Suspect Fighting Two Deputies
This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 03-23-2018 at about 3:00 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported disturbance at a residence in the 24000 block of Birch Terrace in Willits, California.
Deputies were advised there was an unknown person at the door of the reporting person’s residence ringing the door bell and yelling profanities.
A Deputy arrived and contacted Michael Eugene Herman on the front porch of the residence and he was screaming very loud.
The Deputy exited his patrol vehicle and Herman fled on foot around the side of the house. The Deputy gave chase and made contact with Herman, who was intoxicated.
A second Deputy arrived and located both Herman and the first Deputy wrestling on the ground after Herman became physically aggressive towards the first Deputy.
Herman physically resisted the Deputies and refused to comply with verbal commands to stop resisting. Herman refused to place his hands behind his back after being told he was under arrest.
Herman continued to overpower the Deputies and appeared to be under the influence of more than just an alcoholic beverage. During the struggle Herman punched one of the Deputies a couple times in the face, and grabbed the Deputy by the neck.
Finally, one of the Deputies wrestling with Herman was able to release his K9 partner ‘Ruddick” from his patrol vehicle via remote control to assist in subduing Herman.
With the assistance of K9 Ruddick, Herman was subsequently restrained and arrested for 243(b) PC and 69 PC.
Herman was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital where he was medically evaluated and was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
One of the Deputies sustained minor injuries during this incident and was treated/released from Howard Memorial Hospital.