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.


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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.

 

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