Suspect bitten by Shreveport police dog after allegedly fighting officer

Canine officer "Thor" with his handler following the arrest of a suspect.
Canine officer "Thor" with his handler following the arrest of a suspect.
A police officer escorts the unidentified suspect to a waiting van.
A police officer escorts the unidentified suspect to a waiting van.

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport police officer says he owes his safety to his four-legged partner in the battle against crime.

The canine officer, known as Thor, sprung into action when a suspect allegedly tried to fight back against the human officer who was arresting him Tuesday morning.  The dog bit the man at least one time in his thigh.

Cpl. T. Morrison, who regularly rides around with Thor in the back of his patrol car, said he was especially glad the dog was there this time.

"He kept me safe 'cause it was me and that guy fighting," Morrison said.  "The guy had one handcuff on his arm already and he could've used that as a weapon against me."

Morrison said he originally tried to stop the driver in the 2600 block of Claiborne for not wearing a seatbelt.   He said after the man consented to a search of his vehicle, he discovered marijuana and a large amount of cash inside. 

The man refused to let him handcuff him and began trying to run away, Morrison said.

"We fought to the front of the vehicle, all the way down the side of the vehicle, to the back of the vehicle," he said.  "I said, 'Man, if you don't stop fighting me, I'm gonna have to... let the dog take you into custody."

Paramedics arrived on the scene and treated the suspect for the dog bite.  He was then arrested and taken into custody by police.

Morrison said this was the 14th dog bite arrest Thor has made.

Police said because the traffic stop and drug bust occurred in a school zone, the suspect could face additional charges.