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Sheriff: Standoff suspect shot police dog after it bit him

September 30, 2021 GMT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A man in a standoff with police shot and injured a police dog who bit him as officers tried to take him into custody, investigators said.

The standoff at a Greenville home continued for a few more hours before Anthony Shay Hawthorne was arrested, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement Thursday.

The dog, named Nikos, was shot in a paw and the head, but should recover. the sheriff said.

Hawthorne, 44, was taken to the hospital to be treated for the dog bite and is charged with attempted murder, cruelty to a police dog and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, investigators said.

The standoff started around 7 p.m. Wednesday when Hawthorne shot at his mother, then barricaded himself in his home, officials said.

The police dog was shot when its handler sent it in to try and take Hawthorne into custody, Lewis said.

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A SWAT team entered the house about eight hours after the standoff started and took Hawthorne into custody without any further problems, the sheriff said.

Lewis praised the work of emergency veterinarians in treating the police dog

“The resiliency of Nikos in these early stages of this incident has been incredible and we are certainly pulling for him as he begins the process for recovery,” the sheriff said.