Ceiling collapses while Huron County K9 searched for suspect

A police dog and its handler nearly fell through the ceiling of a Bellevue home Saturday while searching for a wanted man in an attic.
Jessica Cuffman
Feb 13, 2013


Huron County Deputy Josh Kaufman and his police dog, Gunny, went into the attic crawl space at a Grove Street home, searching for Dustin Bean, 22, Bellevue. 

Gunny found Bean hiding in the rafters, according to the sheriff's office. Fearing the dog would bite him, Bean surrendered. At about the same time, the ceiling started to give way. 

Kaufman and Gunny were saved from harm when Kaufman and his father, Sgt. Mark Kaufman, managed to pull the dog back into a safer part of the attic.

Bean was arrested on the felony warrant for theft, failure to appear, and an additional charge of obstruction of justice. He remains in the Sandusky County jail.




From Norwalk Reflector:

"It wasn't just a case of one cop helping another in a jam.

The incident in Bellevue was a case of a father keeping his son and police dog from falling.

The Bellevue Police Department requested a canine unit from the Huron County Sheriff's Office assist in locating and apprehending a suspect wanted on a felony warrant Saturday. Deputy Josh Kaufman and his dog Gunny responded to the 100 block of Grove Street, where police suspected the wanted man, Dustin Bean, 22, was hiding in the attic.

Also at the scene was the deputy's father, Bellevue Police Sgt. Mark Kaufman.

"Officers, believing the suspect may be armed, called into the attic space. Then after getting no response, police sent in the (canine unit) to search for him," according to a deputy's report.

The father, son and Gunny went into the crawl space "after numerous calls" to Bean, Maj. Greg Englund said.

Deputy Kaufman warned the suspect he would release the dog if he didn't come out from hiding. Englund said Bean eventually told the deputy he would exit and advised him not to send the dog after him.

"After a short time, the dog located Bean hiding in the rafters and fearing he may be bitten by the dog, he responded to the officers and began coming out of hiding," the report states.

Englund said the ceiling suddenly gave away and as the dog fell through, Deputy Kaufman grabbed Gunny's lead.

"The dog was just swinging," the sheriff's spokesman said.

Seeing the precarious situation, that's when Kaufman's father jumped into action. Englund said Sgt. Kaufman feared his son would be pulled down and fall through the ceiling.

"His father actually grabbed the dog and his son and pulled them to safety," Englund said.

The deputy and Gunny, after being hoisted back up, found a more sturdy place in the attic.

Officers then took Bean into custody without further incident. The man was arrested on an unspecified felony warrant and also was charged with obstruction of official business. Bean is being held at the Sandusky County Jail."


Whew, just what this area needs....another dog falling through or off something. Glad all ended well and the dog got his "man".


Holy deskiny's child kauf, watch out for the rancid in the attic.... miss ya my friend. You might need a message from christian roberts....) )


good thing that dog was not trained to shoot!