I have never watched the show but maybe tonight will have to be an exception.
‘America’s Most Wanted’ lauds police dog’s efforts in solving guard’s slaying
Gina Tenorio, Staff Writer
It was a murder case that took two years to solve. The 2004 slaying of Corey Medlock – a Brinks Armored Truck security guard from San Bernardino – will be featured today on “America’s Most Wanted.” The one-hour show airs at 9 p.m. on Fox.
The show will cast its spotlight on Cooper, a golden retriever and a specially trained scent dog with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who is credited with solving the case in 2006.
Officials and the show’s producers say the dog led investigators to Ronald Patrick Hoffman, 37, the man eventually named as Medlock’s killer, said Ed Miller, a correspondent with “America’s Most Wanted.” According to a Riverside police news release issued in 2004, Medlock entered a Food 4 Less store in the 4200 block of Van Buren Boulevard the morning of Jan. 8 to make a cash delivery when a man in disguise approached from behind and shot him in the head.
The gunman then grabbed the money bag, which held $3,000, and ran out to a waiting red Ford Taurus, officials said. Medlock, 28, died the next day at Riverside Community Hospital. A stolen red 2002 Ford Taurus believed to be the getaway car was later found abandoned at a medical office in the 3900 block of Van Buren Boulevard.
Hundreds of leads were generated by news of the killing. A reward was offered, and the case was featured on “America’s Most Wanted,” but no one had been arrested for years, officials said. Then, last summer, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies got word that an armed man was threatening customers at a store in Mira Loma. The suspect, later identified as Hoffman, led authorities on a brief chase July 25 that ended with deputies fatally wounding him, officials said.
News clippings of Medlock’s shooting were found among Hoffman’s things, officials said, helping them put the pieces together. That’s when Cooper was brought in to match the scents taken from the suspect’s shoes and the 2002 Taurus, Miller said. “We ran this story several times on `America’s Most Wanted,”‘ Miller said. Referring to Cooper’s abilities, he said, “we felt this was a fascinating tool that hardly gets any attention.”