Man arrested for stabbing second San Diego Police K-9
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man who allegedly stabbed a K-9 police officer in January was arrested on Friday after police said he stabbed a second police dog.
San Diego Police said Dedrick Jones, 35, was approached by officers responding to a vandalism call on the 3700 block of Riley Street on the morning of December 17. When officers arrived they said Jones was “wielding a knife”.
“Despite officers’ efforts to defuse the situation, Jones refused to cooperate and climbed into a parked car,” police said. When Jones approached the officers with the knife, authorities used “less lethal tools in an attempt to avoid the use of lethal force.”
“This included the deployment of Canine Hondo. Jones stabbed Canine Hondo at least twice before officers could take Jones, who was still armed with the knife, into custody, ”police said.
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According to the department, this is the second time Jones has stabbed a police K-9. In January, Jones was armed with two knives and stabbed the K-9 Titan after a standoff of several hours, police said. Jones then pleaded guilty to the felony of animal cruelty and assaulting a police officer and was sentenced to one year in prison, but was released in June due to “prison credits for time spent in jail “.
“Our system needs to do a better job of holding violent offenders accountable,” said Police Chief David Nisleit. “It is ironic and tragic that the man who had the nerve to stab a police dog in January committed the same crime a few months later. This suspect must be prosecuted with all the rigor of the law so that he does not have the possibility of causing further harm. “
Hondo was treated at a veterinary hospital in San Diego and is expected to survive.
Jones was arrested for animal cruelty, assaulting a police dog, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, resisting an officer with threats or violence, and vandalism.