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Parolee, officer, dog crash through Fresno ceiling in scuffle

The search for a wanted parolee in Fresno came to a crashing halt this week when the man fell through an apartment ceiling -- along with the police officer and dog who had been looking for him.

Police went to the apartment in the 3200 block of North Sierra Vista Avenue on Tuesday after state parole agents informed them that the 33-year-old gang member was believed to be staying there, reported the Fresno Bee.

Family members initially told police they hadn't seen the man but later admitted he went up to the attic when officers knocked on the door.

A police dog found the man hiding in the insulation, triggering a scuffle between the man, the dog and an officer, the newspaper reported. All three fell through the ceiling into a vacant neighboring apartment.

The man, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries and was treated at a hospital, the newspaper reported. He was later booked on felony charges of receiving stolen property and drug possession, along with new charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police dog.


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