Piper is a heroic bloodhound in LAPD’s K-9 unit, and this week she solved a shooting

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LAPD Gang and Narcotics Division K-9 handlers (l-r) Detective Patrick...

By Marianne Love, Correspondent

The nose always knows.

And that’s what the LAPD’s K-9 unit was banking on when one of their bloodhound sniffers was let loose to hunt down a gunman who allegedly critically wounded a California Highway Patrol officer during a traffic stop on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City.

Piper, a four-year-old, 68-pound reddish-brown pooch, was the hero of the day on June 13 when she led police to the suspect, who she found hiding in a homeless encampment.

After a 12-hour intense citywide manhunt, LAPD came up empty and Piper was called to do her thing.

The longer humans take to abandon an unsuccessful search, the harder it is for a bloodhound to pick up the pace.

Time, wind and heat dissipates the scent.

And finding the end of a trail can become difficult because a suspect can hop onto a bus or get in a car somewhere along the line, leaving searchers and dogs frustrated.

But it only took Piper 15 minutes from start to finish to locate Pejhmaun Iraj Khosroabadi, 33, hiding in a tent in an encampment. The former Marine was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. June 14 and now faces the charge of attempted murder of a peace officer, which could result in a sentence of 40 years to life in prison.

“Trailing is what Piper did,” said LAPD Sgt. Desi Ehrlich who supervises the K-9 unit. “She followed a scent trail left behind by the suspect. When we walk, we drop ‘skin rafts’ — which leave a trail behind us that are invisible to the naked eye. Only a dog’s nose can follow that trail.”

LAPD Gang and Narcotics Division K-9 handlers (l-r) Detective Patrick Foreman,, Sergeant Desi Ehrlich, Police Officer Josh Leon and Police Officer Esther Kim with bloodhound Piper. Piper tracked a suspect to a homeless encampment over half a mile away and 12 hours after the suspect shot a California Highway Patrol officer, critically wounding him. The suspect was taken into custody after Piper led officers to a tent he was hiding in. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

LAPD Gang and Narcotics Division K-9 bloodhound Piper. Piper tracked a suspect to a homeless encampment over half a mile away and 12 hours after the suspect shot a California Highway Patrol officer, critically wounding him. The suspect was taken into custody after Piper led officers to a tent he was hiding …read more

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