Suspect accused of assaulting Caldwell man, dragging officer, striking police K-9

Police arrested a 50-year-old Caldwell man Sunday after they say he severely beat a man, dragged an officer and struck a police K-9.

Caldwell Police responded around 4:54 p.m. to a 911 call in the 1500 block of North Indiana Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found a 37-year-old man who had been severely beaten, lying in the front doorway of the home.

Witnesses gave officers a description of the suspect’s truck, who they say had fled the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. Officers later located the truck, driven by William Kirkpatrick, near Third Avenue and North Illinois.

“Kirkpatrick also had multiple injuries from an altercation that had ensued at the residence,” according to a Caldwell Police news release. “While awaiting the arrival of paramedics, Kirkpatrick attempted to get back into his vehicle and leave the scene. One officer attempted to pull Kirkpatrick from the truck as he then started the engine and left the scene, momentarily dragging the officer into the street.”

Police reported that patrol officers pursued Kirkpatrick for about six minutes until he stopped in the parking lot of West Valley Medical Center. Kirkpatrick continued to ignore police commands from the cab of the truck, so police used their K-9 to subdue him. He allegedly struck the K-9 multiple times before police struck him with a Taser stun gun.

He was treated and released from a hospital and booked into Canyon County jail for eluding police, mistreatment of a police K-9 and resisting arrest.

The man that Kirkpatrick is accused of beating is being treated at a local hospital, and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The officer who was briefly dragged was not injured.

Caldwell Police detectives are still investigating the details surrounding the initial assault and additional charges may follow in the coming days.

Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.