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Dog bites can happen anywhere. Police bites can also happen a lot. Whether it be on a suspect or the very rare dog turning on it’s partner in the field.
During a police hunt for a person who was a suspect in the killing of a woman as well as her baby in Anaheim. The hunt ended early on a Tuesday when a police dog had to go swimming in an Orange County park lake and bit the male suspect. The dog continued to bite the suspect until the man finally surrendered, according to the local authorities.
The unusual scene happened just before sunrise at the Mile Square Regional Park which is in Fountain Valley. The chase was on after, the suspect, Kwame Carpenter had fled from the police and then ran into the park around three-thirty in the morning. This according to the Fountain Valley police Sgt. Anthony Luce.
Kwame Carpenter is only twenty-four years old and already in a ton of trouble. He is wanted for questioning in connection to the Anaheim double-homicide. They wanted to bring him in for questioning on the Monday morning killings of his girlfriend and her six month old infant son. The murder happened at the apartment complex in the 2600 block of West Ball Road in the Anaheim area, according to the local authorities.
The police was quick to respond to the call after they had recieved a call about a violent assault and found the woman and infant. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the infant sadly died later at a local hospital. The woman and infant’s identities have not been released yet by the Orange County coroner. The investigators were able to identify Mr. Carpenter as a person of interest, however they couldn’t find him anywhere.
According to Sgt. Luce, early on Tuesday a security guard at a hospital in Fountain Valley had spotted Mr. Carpenter sleeping in a car at the hospital in the parking lot. An employee told a Santa Ana police officer who happened to be at the hospital for a completely different matter. That officer then notified the Fountain Valley police, according to Sgt. Luce.
Sgt. Luce also said that when the officers got to the hospital and tried to awaken Mr. Carpenter, he then started the care and fled. During his quick flee, Mr. Carpenter allegedly drove right towards one of the Fountain Valley police officers. The officer then had to shoot at him twice, however he did not hit the suspect.
The police stated that even though Mr. Carpenter fled out of the parking lot quickly, he didn’t make it too far away from the scene. He drove into another vehicle where he then crashed into a curb at the park and then bailed out of the car.
Sgt. Luce said that one of the officers was able to follow Carpenter into the park and then spotted him in the water. There was a video from the whole thing, which showed that the police was shinning lights on Carpenter and Carpenters head was poking out of the water. When Mr. Carpenter refused to surrender, the police sent in the K-9 dog. The dog swam up to Carpenter and continued to bite him until he came out of the water.
Mr. Carpenter was later taken into custody then he was handed over to the Anaheim detectives a few hours later so he could complete the questioning process.
Here is another time of police dog taking a bite out of someone. This time it was a Veteran Los Angeles police officer that was severely injured when a police dog had bit him in the calf. This was during a search for a missing shotgun in the South L.A. area, according to the police officials.
The police officers had been searching the streets near the South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after a locking mechanism had broke and then the shotgun had fell off of the police motorcycle sometime that Thursday afternoon.
The police K-9 dog was brought in, in hopes to help with the search, according to LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman. That is when the dog at some point, bit the officer.
The officials say that the dog bit a pretty good chunk out of the officer’s leg. The officer’s partner had used the first-aid trauma kit, which was luckily approved by the Police Commission for the officers earlier in the year. The officer used the kit to make a tourniquet for the officers leg. One of the LAPD official’s said that the tourniquet likely saved that officer’s life.
Officer Neiman says that it’s unclear what could have caused the dog to bite the officer’s leg like that. The officer had to be quickly taken to the local hospital and then he had to be taken for surgery.
USC had a safety event not long after the dog bite and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had mentioned that one of his officers was recently “severely injured”. The chief also said he would be heading to the hospital after “delivering the keynote address”.
The officers never did find the missing weapon piece.
So you see dogs, as much as you love and train them can have bursts like this for some reason or what seems to be no reason at all. Always be cautious with an animal. While they love you as much as you love it, you never know when they don’t understand or misunderstand what the situation is. A dog bite is not something to be taken lightly either.
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