Officer, K-9 injured during Friday night scuffle with man who was ultimately arrested in downtown Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – After reportedly injuring a K-9 and a police officer in downtown Roanoke Friday night, a man was taken into custody in a string of property crimes.

According to the Roanoke Police Department, a K-9 officer — along with his K-9 — was patrolling downtown Roanoke on Friday, July 23 when he located a man believed to be involved in numerous property crimes that occurred in Roanoke.

The officer stepped out to speak with the individual and confirmed that the man was who police were looking for in relation to these crimes. At that time, the individual attempted to run from the officer.

After a brief foot pursuit, the officer deployed his K-9 partner, who chased the subject and caught up with him. The individual then proceeded to assault both the officer and the K-9 with a “cutting instrument” and several other weapons, the department says.

After a brief struggle, the man was taken into custody and brought to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during his capture.

In addition to several charges that the man is facing regarding the property crimes, he is also being charged with assault on law enforcement officers. His identity will be released and he will be formally charged when he is discharged from the hospital.

Police say that the man also has outstanding charges from another jurisdiction that will be served when he is released from the hospital.

The K-9 was taken to the emergency vet for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. The department says the K-9 was wearing his protective vest during the incident and did not sustain serious injuries.

The officer was also treated for minor injuries in the scuffle.

Officials commended both the officer and the K-9 for their bravery, dedication, and service to the Roanoke Police Department and the City of Roanoke.

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