ALFRED, N.Y. (WENY) – Two Steuben County deputy sergeants and a K-9 are among several officers being commended for helping safely end a morning manhunt on November 14 that began in Allegany County and ended in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard recently told the county legislature's Public Safety and Corrections Committee the actions of Sgt. Brandon Scott, Sgt. Shawn Shutt and K-9 Daimon also likely prevented further criminal action.
Allard says Scott had just completed his overnight shift when he learned an alleged armed robbery, kidnapping and theft of a vehicle had just happened in Alfred, with the suspect possibly traveling towards Steuben County.
Scott responded to the Steuben-Allegany County line near West Union, where he learned the suspect had been in a car crash with Pennsylvania law enforcement and was believed to be south of Whitesville in Potter County.
Scott began his search for the suspect on back roads, following vehicle tracks to Webster Road and finding what appeared to be the stolen vehicle. He alerted the Pennsylvania State Police and other responding law enforcement agencies, who met at the scene of the vehicle.
Officers discovered the suspect had fled on foot, so Shutt and his K-9 Daimon began tracking the suspect, who was found several hundred yards northwest of the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody safely and without injury.
“The fact that you both, without hesitation, assessed the public safety need and responded to this search is a testament to your leadership, professionalism, integrity, and service,” Allard said in his commendations.
Scott and Shutt assisted the Pennsylvania State Police, with Steuben Deputy Thomas Nybeck, Alfred Police Chief Paul Griffith of the Department and New York state troopers also assisting in the manhunt.