Suspect arrested after allegedly assaulting Roanoke officer, K-9

Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 12:40 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A man was arrested and taken to a hospital after allegedly assaulting a Roanoke officer and K-9 Friday night.

An officer was patrolling downtown Roanoke when he noticed a person he believed was involved with property crimes in the city. When the officer tried to speak with the man, the man ran and led the officer and his dog on a brief foot chase.

The suspect assaulted the officer and his dog with weapons, according to police, and was taken into custody after a brief struggle. The suspect was taken to a hospital for injuries sustained during the arrest.

He is charged with assault on law enforcement officers and property crime charges from previous cases. He also has outstanding charges from another jurisdiction. His name hasn’t been released.

The K-9 was taken to an emergency vet for treatment of non-serious injuries, according to police, and is expected to fully recover. The officer also sustained minor injuries and was treated.

“Both are commended for their bravery, dedication and service to the Roanoke Police Department and City of Roanoke,” added Roanoke Police.

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