A Lockeford man whom police considered armed and dangerous was arrested in Galt on Monday, after a brief pursuit involving the use of a police dog.
Thomas Birt, 35, of Lockeford, was wanted by U.S. Marshals for a probation weapons violation.
“The U.S. Marshals warned us that he was violent ... so we took that really seriously,” said Lt. Brian Vizzusi, of the Galt Police Department. “(He’s) a pretty bad guy.”
Vizzusi said the department received information that Birt was headed to Galt, then tracked him down to Meadowview Park in south Galt.
At 1:15 p.m. Monday, two Galt detectives identified themselves to Birt at the park, and he immediately fled. Police pursued him across the park on foot, Vizzusi said, and ultimately a K-9 was sent to stop him. The dog knocked Birt over and detained him by biting his right arm.
“The dog did a great job, and (Birt) was taken into custody without incident,” Vizzusi said.
Birt was booked into Sacramento County Jail on Monday night for an outstanding warrant and charges of resisting an officer and possession of a loaded concealed handgun, which police discovered after searching his vehicle. He is being held without bail.
Vizzusi was one of five members of the department that assisted in the arrest, and they were accompanied by a deputy from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. He said because they knew Birt was armed and had a violent past, they had several officers present as a precaution.
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