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K-9 Unit Dog Bites La Mesa Police Sgt. Who Protected Fellow Officers

Sgt. Michael Pierce, an 18-year-veteran of the LMPD, is expected to make a full recovery from lacerations on his left wrist and arm.

A La Mesa police Sergent took one for his colleagues on Monday night, when he was bitten by a K-9 unit dog while protecting fellow officers.

Sgt. Michael Pierce, an 18-year-veteran of the LMPD, is expected to make a full recovery from lacerations on his left wrist and arm, sustained when he jumped in front of his fellow officers and was bitten, as a K-9 unit dog from the El Cajon Police Department was rushing toward them.

The dog was there assisting in searching the premesis for a man suspected of threatening his brother with a hammer, during a domestic disturbance in the 8200 block of Orchard Avenue in La Mesa.

According to Lt. Matt Nicholass, officers responded to the disturbance report at around 8 p.m. Monday. They arrived and began talking with the victim outside of the residence, and began a search for the suspect, not knowing if he was still on the property.

Sergeant Pierce requested a police K-9 to respond and assist in searching for the outstanding suspect. Upon arrival, police used the K-9 to search the crawlspace under the house.  When the K-9 was released, the dog turned away from its handler and ran towards three other La Mesa officers, who were standing about 15 feet away from the K-9 handler.

That's when Pierce, who had previously served in the military as a K-9 handler for 11 years, sprung to action, recognizing that the dog was about to bite one of his officers, intercepting the canine and sticking out is left arm to sustain the bite.

The K-9 handler immediately responded and took control of his dog.

Pierce was taken a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

The suspect in the original case has not been located and the investigation is continuing.  No one else was injured.   

SaintMichal February 06, 2013 at 01:40 AM
No just SOP for cops responding to a damsel in distress.
Saul Rubinowitz February 06, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Two Things: 1) I am shocked, SHOCKED that he did NOT unload his sidearm into that animal. It is my impression that LMPD shoots first and asks questions later. 2) Whow Boy! La Mesa is going to pay thru the nose on this one. 18 years in, he is going to get full salary plus 'damages', retire early and pick up a sweet security consulting job at Walmart for 100K+ a year. If this is not another reason to disband the LMPD and let the Sheriff take over keeping our streets safer, I don't know what is!
Komfort February 06, 2013 at 02:31 AM
http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/spring-valley-woman-received-no-warning-before-being-shot-by-deputy
Things I Learned February 06, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Some people say shocked shocked unironically. Saul Rubinowitz has a time machine. The sheriffs don't even ask questions later.
Kevin George February 07, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Well now I can add Bill Gore to the list of suspects that Saul may be.

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