A 35-year-old man is accused of assaulting a police dog that was biting the man as he tried to run from Pierce County sheriff’s deputies.
Early Saturday, a K-9 deputy and his dog, Zepp, were called to a house in Graham to help find a man wanted on charges of felony assault.
The duo waited behind the house while other deputies knocked on the front door. Moments later, two men ran out the back door.
After the deputy announced his presence, the men kept running. One was arrested immediately. The other was found behind a shed several blocks away.
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“The deputy announced who he was and that he had a police dog who may bite the suspect if he didn’t surrender,” according to a news release.
Zepp then was sent behind the shed, which prompted the suspect to flee again. The deputy tackled the suspect and the dog bit the man.
“The deputy could hear the dog struggling to breathe and he saw the suspect covering the dog’s nose with both hands,” the department said, adding the suspect refused to let go of Zepp when ordered.
Deputies eventually took the man into custody. He was treated for several bites and booked into the Pierce County Jail on charges of assault on a police dog, felony assault and obstructing police.
Zepp was not seriously hurt.
Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against the man.
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