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3 arrested after man hides in attic, fights police K9, falls through ceiling


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The following is a news release and mugshots from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.
Shayla Waddle, Matthew Phillips, Bobby Hainsworth.

BONNEVILLE COUNTY — On March 19, at approximately 2 a.m., Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies and SWAT Team members served a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Falcon Dr. in Ammon. Earlier in the evening, deputies had received information that wanted subject Matthew Lee Phillips, 26, of Ammon, was inside the residence with members of his family. Part of that information was that family members were possibly being held inside the residence or were too afraid of Phillips to leave the residence.

Phillips was wanted on multiple Felony and Misdemeanor Warrants in Idaho Falls, Bonneville and Bingham County and had previously eluded Idaho State Police and Idaho Falls Police Officers on several separate occasions. A vehicle that Phillips abandoned on March 17 after being spotted by Idaho Falls Police Officers was located by Bonneville County Deputies parked at the Falcon St. address. Deputies attempted contact with Phillips at that time and received no answer at the front door.

Deputies continued to watch the residence and suspect vehicle when they intercepted a male and female adult who arrived in a separate vehicle at the location. Those individuals were identified as Shayla Dawn Waddle, 31, of Terreton and Bobby James Hainsworth, 35, of Idaho Falls. Through investigation, they determined that Waddle and Hainsworth arrived at the address to make contact with Phillips and possibly purchase heroin.

In the vehicle Waddle and Hainsworth arrived in, deputies observed items of drug paraphernalia and packaging along with approximately 18 grams of methamphetamine. Hainsworth was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant from the Idaho Falls Police Department and Waddle was taken into custody for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Both Hainsworth and Waddle were later booked into the Bonneville County Jail for those charges.

From the information received from Waddle, Hainsworth, and others in the area, deputies were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence in an attempt to locate Phillips and check the welfare of his family members inside. At approximately 2 a.m., deputies and SWAT team members gained access to the residence securing three adults and two juvenile family members from harms way and found that Phillips was attempting to hide inside a small space of the attic of the residence.

After Phillips refused to come out of the space, a K-9 was deployed, at which time Phillips fought with the K-9 in an attempt to escape and move deeper into the attic. Deputies were able to break through the ceiling underneath Phillips where he fell down to a mattress and was taken into custody after a brief struggle with officers. After the area was made safe, deputies located items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of suspected heroin.

Phillips was transported by deputies to the emergency room at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment of the dog bite injuries incurred as he fought with the K-9. He was later released to the Bonneville County Jail where he was booked on the following charges:

– A Bingham County warrant for failure to appear

– An Idaho Falls Police warrant for petit theft

– An Idaho State Police warrant for felony eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, and providing false information to an officer

– Bonneville County warrants for felony failure to comply with pre-trial services, felony probation violation and misdemeanor probation violations

– New charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing arrest.

None of the family members inside the residence, the officers involved or the K-9 were injured during this incident.