PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A police dog was punched and kicked by a suspect who officials said threatened a female acquaintance with a gun during a domestic dispute.
Authorities identify the suspect as Arthur Patterson.
Officials said they responded to a report of a male who entered a residence on the 900 block of Mina Street on Tuesday and threatened a female acquaintance with a gun. When officers arrived, they saw the man fleeing the scene, with a gun, into a wooded area on Rhine Street.
Two police K-9s were used to search for the man and spotted the suspect in some low brush before arresting him on the 1900 block of Rhine Street, police said.
While the man was being arrested, he assaulted a K-9 and a Taser was deployed to get him to stop punching and kicking the police dog.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital. He will be transported to the Allegheny County Jail when he is medically cleared, official said.
A firearm was also recovered.
Patterson faces numerous charges, including receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, terroristic threats, persons not to possess firearms, escape, simple assault and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence.
The extent of the K-9’s injuries is not known, officials said.
Officials are investigating.
Patterson is being held in the Allegheny County Jail.