A Janesville police dog helped apprehend a man with outstanding felony warrants after he refused to surrender to police officers Thursday afternoon.

Janesville officers responded to the area of West Court and Cherry streets at 3:40 p.m. Thursday for a report of a man in the area who had outstanding warrants.

Lynell J. Harris, 31, of Janesville had been observed in the area by a resident. Harris had multiple outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants for his arrest, according to a news release from the police department.

A responding officer saw Harris in the area, and Harris fled on foot, according to the release.

Police established a perimeter around the area, and a resident alerted officers that Harris was hiding in the basement of a residence in the 100 block of Cherry Street, according to the release.

Officers maintained a perimeter on the residence. After Harris refused commands to surrender, a police dog was requested to help find him, the release states.

Harris did not respond to several commands to surrender before the dog’s deployment. Police released the dog into the home’s basement, and it located Harris hiding behind some debris, according to the release.

The dog bit Harris during his apprehension and held on to him until officers were able to safely take Harris into custody, according to the release.

Harris suffered injuries and was taken to a local medical facility for treatment, according to the release.

Neither the police dog nor any officers were injured during the incident, the release states.

Harris is being held at the Rock County Jail on charges of obstructing/resisting an officer, a felony probation/parole warrant, body attachment warrant for non-support and an arrest warrant commitment for disorderly conduct/domestic violence, according to the release.

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