Massillon officer, K9 injured while arresting suspect after traffic stop

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MASSILLON, Ohio-- Early Saturday morning, Officer Miguel Riccio was attempting to stop a motorist while he was speeding near Wales and Lincoln Way East.

The suspect did not comply and was driving erratically, according to police.

The suspect finally stopped near an alley and refused to comply with police. He was threatened with a K9 warning several times. He continued to move toward Officer Riccio and made a sudden movement for his waistband while approaching the officer.

That is when K9 Inca was released and bit the suspect on the forearm. The suspect then attempted to drag Inca to the ground while pulling back on his ears.

Andrew Collin Dascenzo. Courtesy Stark County Sheriff.

Andrew Collin Dascenzo. Courtesy Stark County Sheriff.

When Officer Riccio intervened, he lost balance and fell onto the road. The suspect later stopped resisting, but kicked Inca, causing him to reengage the suspect.

When more officers arrived on scene, they took control of the suspect.

Officer Riccio was injured, suffering a broken shoulder and a dislocated shoulder. K9 Inca suffered a puncture wound during the struggle as well. The suspect was treated for bite wounds.

The suspect, 18-year-old Andrew Dascenzo,  was charged with misdemeanor speed,  OVI, felony assault on an officer, felony tampering with evidence and assault on a police dog.