Pinellas County, Florida -- While trying to stop a house burglary a deputy and his K-9 partner were both attacked by the suspect.
Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home on Belcher Road in Dunedin on Friday morning. Upon arrival, deputies found Ryan Packer in a home which he had just broken into by smashing the window. Deputies ordered Packer to come outside but he refused so the home through the front door with the assistance of the homeowner.
They found Packer in the bathroom but he refused to cooperate with the deputies. As deputies approached the bathroom, one deputy was struck by the suspect and at that time the deputies released K-9 Axel. Axel was able to get a firm grip on Packer who then used a lit cigarette to burn Axel twice in the nose in an attempt to free himself.
Deputies were eventually able to gain control of the Packer. Both the deputy and K-9 Axel are recovering.
The investigation continues.
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