Updated: November 15, 2019 12:36 AM
Created: November 14, 2019 10:48 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Law enforcement is praising their K9 officers for their work in locating a shooting suspect and the alleged weapon used in an early morning shooting Thursday.
Rochester Police Officer Terry Pretzloff and his K9 Riley were assigned to the shooting investigation. Riley is one of two K9 officers with the department that specializes in explosives. "He's specifically trained for explosives so he's trained on upwards of 30 different odors that he's trained to detect, one of them being gun powder," said Pretzloff.
That training came into use when it only took half an hour before they detected the weapon. "We were checking areas with vegetation and then he was wagging his tail and that's a sign he has detected something, " said Pretzloff, "then right there in front of his nose, was the gun we believed was used in the shooting."
Police say the shooting happened in the parking lot of Westminster Square Apartments in the northwest part of town. Two victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An Olmsted County Sheriff's Office K-9 also tracked down the alleged shooter, 18-year-old Jaeden Adcox, who was found hiding under a deck.
"It's just great to have the person in custody and the gun off the street," said Rochester Police Captain Casey Moilanen. "One of your biggest worries is when you have a gun that's across the street that you couldn't locate, you're always worrying if some kid is going to come across it."
Police say it's days like this that demonstrate how important K9 officers are to the force and to the community.
"It was found in a location that without the K9 we may not have seen it in the area where there was a lot of leaves on the ground and tall grass," said Moilanen.
"Dogs don't learn by us telling them to do something, they learn by doing repetition so that's why it's so critical that we keep the training up with these dogs," said Pretzloff.
Adcox is facing possible charges in Olmsted County District Court of felony second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first degree aggravated robbery.