Police officers in Wilmington, North Carolina, got a tip on the whereabouts of 22-year-old Keith Glaspie, who had avoided an arrest for a non-fatal shooting.
When the cops spotted him on Henry Street in Wilmington, he fled on foot, police said.
A 2-year-old police dog K-9 named Maxx soon caught up with Glaspie, and in the ensuing struggle, he tore into the dog’s ear with his teeth, severing it in two and requiring more than 15 stitches.
In exchange, the dog bit the fugitive, who was treated for wounds to his thigh at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before the police took him to jail.
“When [Glaspie] was biting the dog, it was something we haven’t seen,” a major TV news channel quoted Cpl. David Pellegrino.
“Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before,” he said.
The altercation on Sunday followed a string of legal troubles for Glaspie, who is being held on a 1,025 million dollar bond.
Glaspie reportedly opened fire on an occupied vehicle while riding by on a bicycle last Friday.
And on June 5, the Wilmington police attempted to pull Glaspie over when he jumped out of his car and escaped to a nearby house.
A relative walked him out after the police officers had surrounded the house. Police then booked him in the New Hanover County jail, but he was released after posting a 5,000 dollar bond, police said.
Glaspie now faces charges of felony assault on law enforcement animal, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer, property damage and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.