Innocent 15-Year-Old Child Bitten By Police K-9, Suspect Still At Large

Newark – Delaware State Police are investigating a Tuesday, June 20, 2017, incident that landed a 15-year-old child in the hospital, suffering from K-9 bite wounds.

Police units responding to a armed robbery call at the BP Gas Station on Pulaski Highway, just before 8 p.m., involved a Delaware State Police K-9 unit.  As the K-9 unit arrived on scene the robbery suspect began to flee the scene on a bicycle. It was at this time that a Trooper yelled at the suspect to stop or the dog would be released. The suspect continued to flee.

The K-9 officer was released and quickly caught up to the suspect and attempted to apprehend him. At was at this time the suspect allegedly kicked the K-9 officer in the head in an attempt to get away. The suspect continued to flee. The K-9 officer continued to chase the suspect catching him for a second time. Police said it was at this time that the suspect pulled a gun and the K-9 unit attempted to reengage but was kicked in the chest.

As the foot chase continued around a corner near Thronhill Drive the Trooper found a 15-year-old boy in the grip of his K-9 partner. The trooper commanded the dog to release the boy. Medical units were immediately requested by the Trooper. Teh boy was taken to Christiana Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Matt Fogg, the attorney for the 15-year-old’s family released a statement regarding the incident.

On June 20, 2017, my client, a 15-year-old young man, was playing outside with his siblings and cousins when he was attacked by a German Shepherd without provocation. 

After the attack commenced, a Delaware State Police Trooper removed the dog and my client was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  It has been confirmed that the dog was a Delaware State Police K-9.

We are currently investigating the circumstances leading up to the attack.  It appears the K-9 may have been in pursuit of another individual at the time it attacked my client, an innocent bystander. 

K-9’s are a valuable asset to the protection of Delaware’s Citizens. They are, however, akin to a weapon and should be kept under the proper control and supervision of a police officer at all times.  Things like this simply should not happen.

The robbery suspect escaped and remains wanted. He is described as a black male 5’08” to 5’09” tall, with a thin build and wearing a black t-shirt, blue jean shorts, and armed with a handgun.

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