A beloved K9 cop helped arrest a man who injured her handler Thursday, according to the Maricopa Police Department.
Police arrested 54-year-old Lawrence Bronson after he allegedly attacked an officer while resisting arrest, according to a probable cause statement obtained by InMaricopa.
After they spotted an expired license plate, cops tried to stop Bronson’s yellow sedan near State Route 238 and Costa Brava Drive around 10 p.m.
Flashing lights and sirens did not stop Bronson, cops said. He allegedly led them on a chase through the Acacia Crossings neighborhood and eventually pulled into a garage at West Miramar Drive.
Bronson stepped out as a female passenger, whom police did not identify, ran inside.
Cops told Bronson he was under arrest and gave him commands to turn around and place his hands behind his back. He allegedly refused and tried to retreat into the garage.
According to the probable cause statement, Bronson ran from police in an “aggressive manner.” He allegedly refused to get on the ground and to stop resisting.
As three cops tried to tackle Bronson to the ground, he allegedly attacked Officer Jake Gomez, bruising and lacerating his arm and knee. You might know Gomez’s partner — K9 Karma, the Belgian Malinois police dog who’s helped take down other cop fighters before.
Karma had another chance to shine and avenge her human partner as Bronson continued resisting arrest. After a struggle with all three officers and the dog, Bronson was finally handcuffed.
Cops said they suspected Bronson was drunk or high during a subsequent medical evaluation.
Bronson was cleared at a hospital before he was transported to the Pinal County jail on two felony charges of aggravated assault on an officer and resisting arrest.
He was also slapped with three misdemeanor charges of DUI, driving with a suspended license and failing to stop.
He faces over four and a half years in prison.
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