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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Strickland was on patrol and trying to lay low in the Mid-America Drive area near Sigma Supply & Abilities Unlimited around midnight Tuesday when he allegedly noticed a white male wearing camouflage and black emerging from behind a liquor store in that area.
Deputy Strickland went to say “hi” to the man. This suspicious man got wise to the deputy and attempted to briskly depart the area. Deputy Strickland drove on up to him and ordered him to stop over the vehicles loudspeaker. The person allegedly began to run between buildings.
Deputy Strickland called for back up as he tried to keep track of the suspect. GCSO Patrol Sergeant Kellar arrived quickly and helped to corral the suspect up against a large building. Sgt. Kellar exited his patrol truck and yelled that he was “about to release his attack dog”.
The suspect immediately fell to the ground and surrendered. He was handcuffed, searched and run through the NCIC/ACIC Computer System to check his status. Dispatch advised the patrol that they had Ryan Christopher Mathis in custody and that he was wanted out of Garland County District Court for Failure To Comply. He was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center. Mr. Mathis is being held on a $2,500 bond.
No injuries were reported in connection to this event.
Interesting side note: Sgt. Kellar has never been issued a police dog.