Police dog sniffs out alleged murderer

Sunday, February 19, 2006

A Chicago police dog sniffs out evidence linked to an alleged killer.

On January 30, three people died and another was seriously injured in a shooting at a West Side garage. Antonyo Gipson, 23, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Investigators used DNA evidence found in a bandana near the crime scene to link Gipson to the murders.

The bandana was discovered by 8-year-old Denny, a German Shepard police dog. Denny picked up on the scent and led his handler to the key piece of evidence.

"All of a sudden as we're going down the alley he made a hard left. I followed him in the this dark gangway, I noticed something on the ground he's sniffing it and it's this bandana," said Officer Rick King, Chicago Police Dept.

"I'm glad they caught him but then I wish I could have been the one to have caught him because just like my mom said we want to tell him what he took from us my dad was a big part of the family," said Jose Vargas, victim's stepson.

Police believe Luis Laboy and the other men were shot in an attempted robbery.

Chicago police say this is the first time a police dog has found evidence used for DNA testing that ended up solving a crime.

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