Aug 14, 2014 10:26 PM by Marisa Mendelson

TPD officers bitten by dog, still searching for man with machete

TUCSON - Three Tucson Police officers were bitten by a dog while responding to a report of a fight in midtown Thursday afternoon.

Tucson Police officers say they were called to the parking lot of a mobile home park on Prince Road and Stone Avenue just after 3PM on Thursday. TPD says they received a report of a fight involving multiple people with bats. Witnesses told officers one man was armed with a machete.

When officers arrived, they say they found four people who matched the descriptions of witnesses. The suspects told police that the incident began when a father began threatening two of the suspects with a machete. That's when a fight began, according to police.

While questioning the individuals, police say they became "uncooperative." TPD arrested the four men for "aggravated assault on a police officer."

Officers used pepper spray on the suspects, but police the men continued to physically fight with officers.

Police say during the incident, one of the suspects dogs bit three officers. Two officers have minor injuries but they did not have to be transported to a hospital. They also did not require stitches. Police used a taser on the dog to stop the attack, but they say the dog is okay. The dog is now being held at Pima Animal Care Center. It will be quarantined for 10 days until it's determined that the dog does not have rabies.

Police are still searching for the man who witnesses say was armed with a machete. Police say he fled from the scene before they arrived. Police have not yet released a description of the man.


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