K-9 donated to GPD catches shooting & burglary suspect

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - A police K-9 who was donated to an Eastern Carolina police department helped make a significant arrest late Friday.

Greenville police say they were called to an apartment on Manning Forest Drive around 11:00 p.m. Friday for a shooting and burglary.

Two victims told officers they were leaving an apartment when they encountered two men on the sidewalk. One of the men pulled out a gun and followed the victims back inside the apartment.

Afterwards, police say the suspects fired several shots before running toward an open field. No one was hurt.

An officer spotted two men matching the description, but the two ran into some nearby woods.

K-9 Axle located Jaylen Phelps hiding under the desk of a house on Ruth Court. according to police.

The 19-year-old is charged with first degree burglary, shooting into occupied property, and resisting a public officer.

Axle was a gift in honor of Leonard Kulik, a police supporter, who passed away last year.

In less than a month, Kulik's family and friends from across the country donated more than $7,000 to purchase the dog for GPD. Axle is trained in tracking, narcotics detection, article and area searches, and handler protection.

Police say more arrests in this burglary and shooting case are pending.