Officer attacked by dog during domestic dispute
BATON ROUGE - Police said an officer was attacked by a dog after he arrested a man for home invasion Sunday.
Officers said 27-year-old Justin Williams came to a residence at 5127 Washington Ave. to visit his children, but was told he could not visit them.
Police said a fight broke out after Williams entered the residence illegally and he assaulted the mother and four children. During the fight, Williams called his large pit bull dog to come in and the animal attempted to attack the woman and her children.
The victims were able to escape, call the police, and lock themselves in a vehicle until law enforcement arrived, according to investigators. Police arrived on the scene and detained Williams, but said while officers were holding him the dog attacked, biting an officer on his left calf.
Officers arrested Williams and charged him with domestic abuse battery for strangling the woman, home invasion, two counts of aggravated second degree battery with a knife, four counts of aggravated assault on the children, cruelty to a juvenile, and damage to property. Police said the woman's daughter sustained a scratch from the knife, but the other injuries were minor.
Sgt. T. Watkins was treated for a 2-3 inch wound caused by the pit bull's bite. Animal control officers took possession of the dog.
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