It was a tense few hours in Panama City Saturday morning, as police searched for an armed suspect who allegedly broke into a car.
PCPD officers arrived at the 1300 block of Stephen Drive at 9:45 a.m., after receiving a call from a resident who reported his car had been broken into, and an armed man was near the scene.
According to a news release, officers approached the suspect and he ignored verbal commands, physically resisted efforts to detain him, and fled into nearby woods. Police reportedly noticed the man was armed with a handgun.
PCPD called in a Bay County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and the suspect, Phillip Mathes, was located at 11:30 a.m. He was treated and released at Bay Medical Center for minor injuries that resulted from his encounter with the K-9, then transported to the Bay County Jail.
Mathes, 31, is charged with armed burglary of a vehicle, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered or removed serial number, and violation of probation.
Police said they recovered the handgun and several items taken during the burglary.