State police report experiencing an instance of “guy bites dog” when a suspect wanted on domestic assault charges bit a police K9 on the head.
Accordant to state police, approx 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday Trooper Anthony Cattabriga and canine Casper were sent to Manchester to aid in apprehending a suspect wanted for domestic assault who cops stated on Front Street barricaded himself inside the La Quinta hotel. Manchester police identified him as 35-year-old Matthew Williams. Williams seemed to be “heavily under the influence of illicit drugs,” law enforcement said. Heather Hamel, Manchester police spokesman, stressed a nameless caller reported Williams was in a hotel room, and in spite of many attempts by the police in Manchester “he wasn’t willing to come out, and New Hampshire state police were called to assist.”
K9 Officer Casper was mobilized after numerous unsuccessful tries to convince Mr. Williams to surrender, said state police. The wanted man continued to defy, “at one point was growling and then bit Casper on the top of his head,” officials wrote in a statement. Ultimately the dog biter was taken into custody by Manchester cops on numerous charges, including resisting arrest, simple assault, and maiming a police dog. Officer Casper was not hurt during the incident, police stated. In most states it is a crime to assault or slay a police K9, and it is a felony to kill or assault a federal law enforcement animal. Though a lot of police departments swear dogs in formally as police officers, this swearing-in is merely honorary, and holds no legal significance.
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