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Spokane Police: Man arrested after choking K-9

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Richard M. Urbanski was arrested on a Department of Corrections Escape warrant and for choking a police K-9 Richard M. Urbanski was arrested on a Department of Corrections Escape warrant and for choking a police K-9
SPOKANE, Wash. - A man police describe as a chronic offender was arrested on Tuesday for choking a police K-9. 

Officers arrived at a home on E. 9th off of Sherman at around 4:00pm to arrest 29-year-old Richard Urbanski on a Department of Corrections Escape warrant. Several weeks ago, police say Urbanski fled from a Spokane County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit during an arrest attempt. Officers say Urbanski has 10 prior felony convictions for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Resisting Arrest. 

When officers arrived at the home on the lower south hill on Tuesday, they told Urbanski he was under arrest and told him to come out of the home. Urbanski refused to come out of the house and eventually Spokane Police Department K-9 Rav was sent inside. 

Police say Rav located Urbanski in a crawl space and Rav's handler, Officer Lesser, could hear struggling in the crawl space, as well as a change in Rav's breathing. Officer Lesser said he noticed Urbanski was holding onto and twisting Rav's collar, choking Rav. Officer Lesser told Urbanski to release Rav, but Urbanski continued to choke and fight with Rav. Once officers shot Urbanski with a Taser, Urbanski released the choke hold and was placed under arrest. 

Urbanski was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and booked into the Spokane County jail on the Escape warran anwarrantHarming a Police Dog. 

A press release sent out on Wednesday said Rav was not seriously hurt in the incident. 

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