Man bites dog? In Pinellas Park, wanted fugitive attacks police dog, bitten

From the Tampa Bay Times, a wanted fugitive finds out the hard way not to mess with the Pinellas Park K9 unit…

25-year-old John Hagin was a wanted fugitive out of Georgia. According to the Pinellas Park police, he had a warrant for possession of meth. Police were called out to a motel on US 19 for a domestic battery call. Hagin had already left the area but his troubles were just beginning.

Police found him walking nearby. When the suspect saw law enforcement, he fled into a nearby park. The police sent their K9 after him. What occurred next is unclear but either the dog bit Hagin first or Hagin punched the K9. The police dog was not injured.

As for the fugitive? He was arrested and taken to a local hospital. Besides his Georgia warrant, he was also charged with resisting arrest, domestic battery by strangulation and assaulting a police dog. As of this writing, he is still sitting in Pinellas County jail.

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