Man charged for setting dog on police in dramatic stand-off

A MAN who allegedly set his dog onto police officers after he allegedly threatened to shoot people in his street with a bow and arrow yesterday has been charged and will front court today.

Police were called to a unit complex on Emily Street at Marks Point on Saturday morning after members of the public were allegedly being threatened by a man armed with a compound bow and arrow.

When officers arrived, the man allegedly ran into a house and let out his dog which attacked a police dog and its handler.


The officer was forced to open fire on the dog and it died at the scene.

The police dog handler was assessed by paramedics on site for non-life threatening injuries. Fortunately, police dog Marco did not require medical attention.

Following a short foot chase, the 23-year-old man was arrested nearby and taken to Charlestown Police Station for questioning.

He was last night charged with a long list of serious offences, including being in charge of a dog which attacks a person, assault police, use offensive weapon with intention to commit an indictable offence, threatening harm, and destroy or damage property.

He was refused bail to front Newcastle Local Court today.