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K-9 Stabbed by Suspect Wanted in Connection with Assaults on Officer, Bail Bondsman

Search for fugitives in the San Diego River
K-9 Karson and SDPD handler Officer J. Wiese. Photo: San Diego Police via OnScene.TV

A fugitive being sought along the San Diego River near Interstate 5 attacked a San Diego Police dog with a screwdriver Friday before an officer was able to subdue it and Taser it.

According to OnScene.TV, the suspect, whose identity has not been released, is wanted for various crimes, including allegedly assaulting a prison guard with a knife and violently resisting arrest.

A fugitive task force received word Friday that the man had been spotted near the river on Morena Avenue.

When officers approached the suspect at about 6:30 a.m., he ran into the river bed and eluded them for at least two hours while resisting calls to surrender.

He was eventually pushed west of Interstate 5, where he entered the river while trying to escape.

Search for fugitives in the San Diego River
K-9 returns to shore after attack as police shoot bean bags at suspect in river. Photo source: OnScene.TV

Officers sent the K-9, named Karson, after him, and the suspect allegedly stabbed the animal with a screwdriver multiple times.

The K-9, assigned to Officer J. Wiese, was called back and police fired beans at the suspect, who returned to land to flee on foot.

An officer, however, caught up to him and used a Taser to take him down. Police took him into custody at about 10 a.m. and sent him to hospital for treatment before going to jail.

Lt. Casey Ginni said police had chased the man near the river before.

“He’s a prolific suspect here in the riverbed and we’ve had a lot of incidents with him,” Ginny told OnScene.TV.

Karson, a 6-year-old Shepherd, was taken to Mission Valley Veterinary Hospital, where his injuries were determined to be minor. San Diego police called it “a close call.”

No other officers were injured.

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