06/19/2007

Man, pit bull attack Ariz. officer during domestic

The Associated Press

PHOENIX, Ariz.  — A pit bull attacked a Mesa police officer who was responding to a fight between a brother and sister.

The officer arrived to the home near Val Vista Drive and the US 60 shortly after midnight Saturday.

After the officer was let in, the brother charged him and pushed him through a window in the front room.

The family's pit bull then attacked the officer as he fought on the ground with the man. The man ran into the front yard where another officer was waiting. That's when he surrendered.

The man was identified as 20-year-old Bernard Calhoun Junior. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

Police say Calhoun and his sister were fighting over his use of too much hot water in the shower. Police say Calhoun swung a cooking pot at his sister but did not hit her.

Calhoun told police he attacked the officer because he thought he saw him reach for a gun or Taser.

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