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Police dog bites 81-year-old grandmother who refused to come out of a backyard shed following burglary call

By Mason White 4:46 PM February 9, 2017
Choua Xiong in the hospital
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) An elderly woman suffered injuries after she refused a police order to come out of a shed following a burglary call, according to police in Minnesota.

The Coon Rapids Police Department said that on Sunday around 6:30 a.m., the Anoka County Central Communications received a call, reporting that an unknown person was in her backyard in the 2700 block of 121st Lane in Coon Rapids.

The description provided by the caller was of a person in a black coat, walking between yards, going toward Crooked Lake Boulevard.

The caller called back a few minutes later to say that she heard a loud noise outside of her home and she did not know where it came from.

Dispatch personnel describe her as sounding “very panicked.”

A Coon Rapids Police officer arrived on the scene and reported seeing someone in a backyard in the area, in a shed with a flashlight.

The officer then yelled K-9 warnings at the suspect.

Several more K-9 warnings were given, and the police officer asked for a perimeter to be set up as the suspect refused to come out of the shed.

After 10 to 15 K-9 warnings were given, the police dog was released to go into the shed and apprehend the suspect. The dog attacked the suspect by biting her arm, and she was taken into custody.

She was then taken to a hospital for treatment of a bite wound.

It was only after the burglary suspect was taken into custody that officers learned that the 81-year-old grandmother did not speak English.

She was identified as Choua Xiong, and she lives at the home.

She apparently was unable to comprehend any of the commands officers gave her that would have led her to come out of the shed on her own and avoid any further intervention by the officers.

“The Coon Rapids Police Department takes reports of suspicious activity very seriously and appreciates the public’s help in alerting officers to suspicious situations.

“In this case, officers responded to the suspicious person report that occurred at a time of day and under circumstances that led officers to believe that they were interrupting a burglary in progress.

“In this context, officers acted appropriately. Witness reports state that K-9 warnings and yelling could be heard loudly in the area as several neighbors woke up to the noise and began turning lights on,” police wrote on Facebook.