K9 brings down suspect accused of carrying gun near school

Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 13:43:08-05

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY -- A man accused of carrying a gun near an elementary school in Bartholomew County was arrested after he was brought down by a K-9 deputy.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested 40-year-old Joshua Prather of Paragon on Tuesday. That came after a report just before 4 p.m. that a man was walking and carrying a shotgun near Taylorsville Elementary School.

Investigators said they found Prather carrying a gun in the area and walking with another man, 21-year-old Ricky Reed of Columbus. Reed reportedly ran but stopped and was arrested.

According to a press release, Prather threw his gun down and ran off. The deputy who answered the call brought out a K-9, named Diesel, and the two tracked Prather to a home. Diesel brought down Prather after he refused to surrender to the deputy.

That gun turned out to be a double-barreled 20-gauge shotgun. Handgun ammunition was also found at the scene.

Prather is preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement and burglary. He’s behind bars on $20,000 bond.

Reed is preliminarily charged with burglary. He’s being held on $15,000 bond.

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