Fugitive search San Diego River
K-9 Karson and his SDPD handler, Officer J. Wiese. Photo credit: San Diego police via OnScene.TV

A fugitive being sought along the San Diego River near Interstate 5 attacked a San Diego police dog with a screwdriver Friday before an officer was able to subdue and Taser him.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was wanted for various crimes, including allegedly attacking a bail bondsman with a knife handgun and violently resisting arrest, according to OnScene.TV.

A fugitive task force received word Friday that the man had been spotted near the river on Morena Boulevard.

When officers approached the suspect at about 6:30 a.m., he ran into the riverbed and eluded them for at least two hours, while resisting calls to surrender.

They eventually pushed him west of Interstate 5, where he entered the river while attempting to get away.

The K-9 returns to shore after being attacked, as police fire bean bags at the suspect in the river. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

Officers sent the K-9, named Karson, in after him, and the suspect allegedly stabbed the animal with a screwdriver several times.

The K-9, assigned to Officer J. Wiese, was called back and police fired bean bags at the suspect, who made his way back to land to flee on foot.

An officer, though, caught up to him and used a Taser to take him down. Police detained him at about 10 a.m. and sent him to a hospital for treatment before going to jail.

Lt. Casey Gini said police have pursued the man near the river before.

“He’s a prolific suspect here in the river bed and we’ve had multiple incidents with him,” Gini told OnScene.TV.

Karson, a 6-year-old Shepherd, was taken to a Mission Valley veterinary hospital, where it was determined his injuries were minor. San Diego police called it “a close call.”

No other officers suffered injuries.


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