MANSFIELD - A police officer is recovering after he was bitten by a suspect’s dog and punched by the suspect.
Mansfield Police were called to 48-year-old Bradley Brewer’s 5th Avenue home just after 12 a.m. Wednesday by a friend of Brewer’s 18-year-old son, who told a dispatcher Brewer was “very intoxicated.”
“He's screaming at his kid right now, and he's threatening to sick his dog on me, and he's about to hit his kid,” the caller stated.
According to a police report, Patrolman Paul Webb encountered Brewer near a backyard dog kennel. Brewer reportedly had ordered his dog to attack the officer.
“At which time the dog was released,” Mansfield Police Assistant Chief Keith Porch said. “The suspect then made a statement of ‘sick ‘em’ to attack the officer.”
Porch said the dog jumped on Webb, biting the officer in the shoulder, and he shot the dog as it lunged a second time.
The dog was shot and taken to a veterinarian where it is being treated. The dog’s condition is not known.
The report states that Brewer punched the officer in the chin before being restrained, and both were hospitalized for treatment. Webb was treated for minor injuries and returned to work Wednesday, according to police.
Porch said after his arrest, Brewer told medical staff the dog had been trained to attack police.
In a phone interview with Fox 8 News, Brewer denied the allegations.
“I think it’s a bunch of bull crap,” Brewer said, claiming he never ordered the dog to attack nor trained the dog to attack police, “That dog has no training whatsoever other than to sit and stay."
Brewer said he was bringing the dog – named Jax – inside for the night when Webb arrived.
“When I was getting the dog from the kennel, the officer pulled up and shined his light on both of us and it scared the dog,” Brewer said. “When I hollered, ‘Jax, no,’ that's when the officer started shooting, and I took off running the opposite direction because I didn't want him shooting me.”
Brewer claimed he was on the ground when Webb repeatedly kicked and punched him, leaving him coughing up blood and with a black eye and swollen face.
“I dove in the door when I heard the gunshots, down to the ground, and he was already on me kicking me, punching me with his feet, hands,” Brewer said.
Brewer is being held in the Richland County Jail on charges including felonious assault, domestic violence, aggravated menacing, drunkenness, resisting arrest and animal citations.