Drone, K9 used to apprehend suspect
By Brentwood Police Department
Tuesday afternoon residents were startled when a man entered their apartment through an unlocked slider door carrying a sawed-off shotgun. Fortunately, the quick actions of the residents allowed them to safely flee the apartment and dial 9-1-1. Officers quickly responded to the apartment complex and attempted to communicate with the unknown man, speaking to him in English and in Spanish, in an attempt to peacefully disarm him.
Luis Martinezortiz of Brentwood (55 years old) did not comply with officers’ commands and instead fled the apartment, shotgun in hand, running to the rear of the complex. Due to the nature of the situation and the location, a drone had been deployed above the apartment complex, giving officers an aerial view of the apartment complex grounds.
The drone tracked Martinezortiz through the complex giving officers updated information on his location. K9 Marco arrived on scene and immediately began searching for Martinezortiz. Thanks to the extensive training our K9’s receive, K9 Marco located Martinezortiz effecting a successful arrest. Martinezortiz was transported to county jail and booked on burglary, possessing a loaded sawed-off shotgun, carrying a loaded firearm in public and carrying a loaded firearm and not being the registered owner.
The use of a drone and the assistance of K9 Marco were key components of a safe conclusion, perhaps sparing the public and our officers serious injury.