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Police Dog Bites A Suspect

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.

More About the Suspect

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.

Daniel Gibalevich – Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog or animal bite and you would like to learn more about how to recover damages from your injuries, please contact the California personal injury attorneys at the DAG Law Firm for support in making informed decisions about your case.

Strict Liability and the One Bite Rule

Each year, millions of dog bite cases are reported across the United States with many that go unreported. Experiencing an attack by a dog can be terrifying and traumatic and can cause significant injury. In the state of California, a “Strict Liability” statute is enforced in situations where dogs attack and injure another person. The “One Bite Rule” does not apply and owners are 100% responsible and liable for compensation associated with any injuries suffered by their dog.

Understanding Your Case

Depending on the severity of an injury as well as case specifics, a dog owner may be held accountable at both a civil and criminal level. There are multiple varieties of dog bite lawsuits within the state of California and it is important to clearly understand the nature of your case to determine whether it was the result of Negligence, Scienter (knowledge of a dog’s prior history of aggression) or Intentional Tort (an owner’s intent for a dog to exhibit aggressive behavior).

Comparative Negligence and the “Bad Dog” Exception

The skilled attorneys at the DAG Law Firm will assist you in knowing clearly whether you are liable for Comparative Negligence (a victim’s level of responsibility in the provocation of the dog’s aggression) as well as the “Bad Dog” exception, in which signs are clearly displayed on the property, indicating “Beware of Dog.” In some cases, a property owner or landlord may be held liable for damages caused by a tenant’s dog if they had prior knowledge of aggressive. Other conditions, such as a landlord’s failure to enforce dog removal when a tenant breaches a “No Dog” policy in their rental agreement may result in property owner liability.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Victims of dog bite accidents may suffer severe physical injuries as well as psychological and emotional traumas that may include:

  • Puncture Wounds
  • Broken Bones and Bone Dislocation
  • Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Cosmetic Disfigurement
  • Infection
  • Psychological and Emotional Trauma
  • Death

Compensation for your Dog Bite Injuries

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:

  • Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
  • Payment for mental health treatment
  • Payment for emotional and psychological distress
  • Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
  • Payment for pain and suffering

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