Cops Scare Out Suspects By Barking Like Dogs

Police officers in New Haven, Conn. put some ingenuity and talent to use to flush out two men who had barricaded themselves inside a partially-empty house. The joke is on the suspects as they were fooled into abandoning their hiding place.

Two men had managed to out-drive police during a car chase and sought refuge on the second floor of a mostly-empty house. The Yale Daily News reports that the officers then “channeled their inner Monty Python characters by using the first and most absurd tactic that occurred to them: threatening to send in a police dog despite lacking exactly that.”

To add credibility to the ruse, one officer put his sound effect talent to use by imitating a barking dog. No Scooby Doo. No yappy chihuahua. Just the sound of one vicious-sounding, growling, snarling, barking dog.

It worked! The two men surrendered to police in order to avoid what they feared was an actual dog at the other end of that barking.

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