Sacto 9-1-1
October 10, 2011
South Lake Tahoe police dog finds suicidal man in field

A South Lake Tahoe police dog successfully tracked a suicidal man to a forested field, finding him on the ground with slit wrists.

The rescue occurred Friday when police responded to the area of Markoffer Way and Pioneer Trail on a report of a man 34-year-old man who had been depressed and drinking heavily. His family also said that he had cut his wrists.

Officer Mark Hounsell, the handler of police dog Argo, responded to the scene to track the man. Argo led officers to a field with tall pines near the intersection of Keller Road and Markoffer Way, not far from the original call.

There on the ground, along a line of trees, the dog found the man. Paramedics were summoned, treated the man for his self-inflicted injuries and took him to the hospital.

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