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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A video circulating on Facebook has many people talking. A 27-year-old man is seen getting bit by a K9 officer in Sioux Falls. Some people said it was excessive force. But Sgt. Michael Olson with the Sioux Falls Police Department said the video is just a small part of the story.
An initial call came in Friday afternoon when a woman said her boyfriend strangled her. Officers responded to the call west of Ellis Road and 26th Street. The incident ended near a home several blocks away though.
Sgt. Olson said Dylan Ites initially ran from officers. He was confronted at least twice but led them on a 15 to 20 minute foot chase. Olson said when the video starts, Ites was given several opportunities before then to surrender, and officers dont know what his intentions are. They havent had the chance to pat him down or check if hes armed.
Since the suspect was sitting in a well thats about four feet deep, using the K9 prevented the suspect from getting back into the well and pulling officers with him. Olson said the officers job is to keep everyone safe and in this situation, they used the tools they had to keep themselves, the suspect and the public safe.
Ites was eventually arrested for aggravated assault, which is a felony. He also faces charges of resisting arrest, interfering with 911 communications and fleeing police. Olson said he tried to stop his girlfriend from calling 911. Ites was treated at the hospital with some stitches and is expected to be okay.
Sgt. Olson said they would have used a taser or pepper spray, but there was the risk that he would have fallen back in the well and injured himself.