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Guilty plea from man who stabbed San Diego police dog in Midway District

Titan, a police dog with the San Diego Police Department, received more than 100 stitches after being stabbed in January.
Titan, a police dog with the San Diego Police Department, underwent surgery and received more than 100 stitches after being stabbed in January.
(San Diego Police Department )

A man who stabbed a San Diego police dog during an altercation with officers in the Midway District pleaded guilty April 13 to charges of animal cruelty and resisting arrest.

Dedrick Daknell Jones, 35, is slated to be sentenced May 11 for stabbing the dog, named Titan, on Jan. 25 after an hours-long standoff with police.

The dog was treated for 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.

Police said officers were originally called for a report of a man trespassing at a business on Barnett Avenue near Midway Drive southwest of Interstate 5.

Jones refused to give the officers information about himself and kept reaching for his bag, according to police.

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

About four hours later, emergency negotiators persuaded him to come down from the container, but Jones “refused to put the knife down,” the department said.

“The officer released his K9 partner, Titan, to assist and the suspect stabbed him,” police said.

Officers then ran in and took Jones into custody. In the days after the incident, the San Diego Police Department reported that Titan was “doing well and in good spirits.”


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