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Police dog stabbed during standoff in Midway District

Titan, a San Diego police dog, underwent surgery and received more than 100 stitches after being stabbed Jan. 25.
(San Diego Police Department)

A man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a San Diego police dog during an altercation in the Midway District, police said.

Two officers responded to a radio call of a man trespassing at a business in the 3300 block of Barnett Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, according to police.

The officers found the man, but he refused to give them information about himself and kept reaching for his bag, police said.

When officers tried to put him in handcuffs, the man punched the officers and ran into a nearby military property, where he stood on a shipping container waving a knife for four hours, police said.

Emergency negotiators persuaded him to come down from the shipping container, but he “refused to put the knife down,” the Police Department said in a tweet. “The officer released his K-9 partner, Titan, to assist and the suspect stabbed him.”

Officers then ran in and took a suspect into custody, police said.

Dedrick Jones, 35, was booked into San Diego County Jail on suspicion of felony resisting arrest, resisting an executive officer and harming a police dog, according to jail records.

Titan was rushed to an animal hospital for treatment of stab wounds to his side that caused a laceration to his colon in three places, police said. Titan had six to eight inches of his colon surgically removed and received more than 100 stitches.

“We are grateful Titan is on the road to recovery,” the department tweeted. “He’s a brave boy!”

Jones’ bail was set at $50,000 pending his arraignment, scheduled for Feb. 19.


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