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Two of Charles County Sheriff’s Office’s four-legged friends were instrumental in apprehending three suspects involved in a shooting that sent a man to the hospital Wednesday morning.

About 6:30 a.m. May 7, a 31-year-old man was walking out of his apartment in the 4100 block of Falcon Place in Waldorf with his family when he was approached by three men, the sheriff’s office reported.

The suspects — later identified as 19-year-old Antonio Eugene Yates, 30-year-old Jerrod Ocie Johnson and 15-year-old Andre Jerome Green, all of Washington, D.C.— pulled out guns and forced the family back inside, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.

Once in the apartment the men held the family at gunpoint and demanded money, police reported.

According to charging documents, all of the victims had their hands “bound with either duct tape or strips of cloth,” and the 3-year-old girl’s mouth was taped shut before she was bound to one of the other victims.

As the three men combed through the apartment, they struck the gunshot victim in the head several times before dragging him from the apartment and firing shots that hit him in the arm and leg, according to charging documents.

Richardson said the victim called 911 and was flown to a hospital with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, although charging documents indicate that they were. Officers arrived on the scene about 8 a.m. Wednesday and the victim was able to give officers a description of the men and the white Chevrolet Tahoe they drove off in. A witness also reported seeing the men driving off in a car similar to the one the victim described.

Richardson said officers pursued the Tahoe to the area of Route 228 and Route 210 in Accokeek.

She said the Tahoe’s driver lost control and crashed into a guardrail, and two people jumped out running in different directions. Green remained in the car and was detained by officers, according to the release.

Officer D. Behm and his police dog partner Ryker followed Yates. He refused to stop on Behm’s command and jumped over a guardrail into a wooded area. Ryker followed his command to catch Yates by jumping the guardrail, catching up to him and “holding him until [Behm] could make a safe apprehension,” Richardson said.

Johnson was apprehended a short time later after being tracked by police dog Eno.

Eno was accompanied on his half-mile track by officer C. Clevenger and two other officers.

Johnson was found hiding in a playset behind a house. He was arrested without further incident.

All three are being held without bond at the Charles County jail. Green was charged as an adult.

Richardson said they face more than 20 charges including attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault. Officers recovered three guns from the car.

“This was not a random act,” Richardson said.

Detectives said it appeared the suspects knew of the victim and targeted him because they thought he had money.

Charles County Public Schools spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson said nearby C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School was in shelter-in-place status for about 30 minutes during the incident Wednesday morning.