Man Charged with Assaulting Officers, K-9

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A Massillon man was arrested and charged with assaulting two police officers and a police dog.

Brian Shertzer, 44, of Massillon, is facing numerous charges, including two felony counts of assaulting a police officer, assaulting a police dog, OVI, resisting arrest and failure to comply.

Wednesday night, two Massillon police officers were on patrol when a car nearly struck the back of their cruiser. According to the police report, the car passed the cruiser in a reckless manner and then continued driving erratically.

Although the officers sounded their siren, the driver refused to pull over. After following the car for several minutes, the driver pulled into a driveway on Vermont Avenue SE.

The officers said at first the driver refused to exit the car. Eventually, he came outside and when officers tried to arrest him, a scuffle broke out.

"Apparently at one point, he threw up his hands in the air and said, 'Let's get it on,' and went to fight with the officers," said Massillon Police Captain Joe Herrick.

Police say Shertzer tried to choke one of the officers and punched him in the side. The officers then deployed the K-9 who lunged at Shertzer. Police say Shertzer punched the K-9 in the head several times before he was placed under arrest.

According to the report, officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Shertzer and during the confrontation, his eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot.

"I've seen bad guys challenging officers, five or six officers. Usually when it comes to canines, they back down real quick, this didn't happen," said Captain Herrick.

Fortunately, the officers and the canine were not seriously hurt. Shertzer is currently being held at Stark County Jail.