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Man who stabbed San Diego police dog in Midway District is sentenced to a year in jail

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

Dedrick Daknell Jones, 35, pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of animal cruelty and resisting arrest.

A man who stabbed a San Diego police dog during an altercation with officers in the Midway District was sentenced May 17 to one year in custody and two years of felony probation.

Dedrick Daknell Jones, 35, pleaded guilty last month to felony charges of animal cruelty and resisting arrest for stabbing the dog, named Titan, on Jan. 25 after an hours-long standoff with officers from the San Diego Police Department.

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

When officers tried to put him in handcuffs, he 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 department reported that Titan was “doing well and in good spirits.”


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