Spokane police dog corners man eve of retirement

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Var the police dog has added one more
brave arrest to his record - his last one.
Spokane police officers say the dog was on his last night of
patrol before retirement when he cornered a teenager sought for
investigation of murder.
A tip led officers to surround a house Sunday night, and in the
ensuing search Officer Dan Lesser and Var found the 19-year-old
suspect hiding in the basement.
Three other teens were being sought in connection with the
stabbing death of 22-year-old Shannon Cochran.
It was Var's last night on duty after 8 years in service. The
dog retired Monday because of medical problems and his replacement,
a German Shepherd from Germany named Cisco, was flown in the same
day.

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