- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A police officer dashed into the woods alone to search for a man who called 911 saying he ran into forest to escape two armed men.

The gunmen were never found, and the officer soon located the distress caller, but now neither of them could find their way back to the street.

And so it went for three hours in the forest in Birmingham, Alabama, where it took a police K9 unit to track them down.

Birmingham media reported Friday that police would not identify the rescued officer. A spokesman tried to defend him.

Lt. Sean Edwards said “the woods are very difficult to walk through … The officer was trying to clear a path here, clear a path there, and got turned around a little bit.”

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