Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison reports a recent vehicular pursuit and ground search that resulted in the arrest of a parole absconder. The suspect was in prison on felony drug charges, had been released on parole, and then a warrant was issued due to the suspect violating the conditions of his parole.
The suspect was the focus of recent officer safety bulletins as a result of him being involved in several high speed chases in surrounding counties as he avoided apprehension by law enforcement. In one instance in Osage County Missouri the suspect shot at pursing law enforcement officers. For this reason he was considered armed and dangerous, and a high priority subject to get into custody.
The suspect was identified as:
Gregory J. Ogg Sergeant Ed McCormick
34 Year Old, White, Male & K9 "Bronto"
Logging Creek Lane in Chamois MO
Parole Violation, No Bond
On February 26, 2010 at approximately 6:45pm WCSD Patrol Corporal Robby Ryan observed a vehicle matching the description of what Ogg was believed to be driving. Ryan attempted to make a traffic stop and the vehicle fled the area heading south on Highway U at a high rate of speed. The pursuit ended near the 23000 Block of Highway U when the suspect vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle climbed out the window and fled on foot into a wooded area. Ryan immediately called for K9 and requested assistance to establish a security perimeter throughout the area.
Deputies Jill Bloomfield, Aaron Sutton, and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to assist in the search. WCSD Sergeant Ed McCormick and K9 Bronto arrived and began a ground track starting at the wrecked car. The K9 team followed the scent trail approximately three quarters of a mile through several fields and through the woods. Bronto located the suspect lying on the ground, trying to hide behind some fallen trees. The subject was taken into custody without incident, and was not armed at the time of his arrest.
Sheriff Harrison said he thanks the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their assistance, and commends Deputies Ryan, Bloomfield, Sutton, McCormick, and K9 Bronto for the manner in how this incident was handled. Harrison stated he was glad the incident ended without injury to citizens, the suspect, or any of the officers's involved. Ogg knew that he couldn't outrun Bronto, so instead he attempted to hide in the hope that he wouldn't be located at night in the woods. Obviously he was not aware that one of Bronto's advanced skills is suspect apprehension and tracking. In this situation the suspect had enough sense to go to ground and not move because had he attempted to flee or fight the dog, the situation would have ended in a most unpleasant manner for him.
Bronto was placed into service in September of 2007 and to date has assisted in the recovery of several missing and wanted persons, as well as the location of controlled substances on almost a weekly basis. Ogg was a wanted felon that posed a significant security threat to our local citizens and specifically the law enforcement community. After being taken into custody he was returned to the Missouri Department of Corrections (State Penitentiary) first thing on Monday morning.
Information Released by Sheriff Kevin Harrison
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