Knife-wielding man releases Rottweiler at police

Saanich police arrested an intoxicated Saanich man who threatened to harm his girlfriend and her two children with a steak knife

Saanich police arrested an intoxicated Saanich man who threatened to harm his girlfriend and her two children with a steak knife, and then sent his Rottweiler after police officers.

The woman called police around 8:45 p.m. Monday reporting her boyfriend had forced his way into their home in the 100-block of Regina Ave.

As officers were preparing to approach the residence, from less than a block away, the man, still brandishing the steak knife, left the property with the dog.

“Upon being confronted by several officers … he immediately threw away the steak knife and proceeded to release the Rottweiler in the direction of the officers,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. “Fortunately, having a police services dog there was a good thing because the (canine) handler released his animal and intercepted the Rottweiler before he could reach any of our officers.”

Police dog Taz bit the Rottweiler multiple times, causing the man’s dog to run away.

Officers arrested the 34-year-old man without incident and immediately noted he was bleeding profusely from one of his hands.

“It turns out that just as he was approaching our officers and walking away from the residence, his dog took exception and actually bit him in the hand,” Jantzen said. He was taken to hospital, but refused treatment.

The man faces charges of multiple counts of threats, possession of a weapon, and breach-related charges for outstanding warrants.

The man’s girlfriend and her two children were not physically injured in the incident, and police contacted the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Jantzen said to his knowledge the Rottweiler is still at large, and given that it did show aggression and it bit a human, Saanich pound officers may look at classifying the animal as a dangerous dog.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

Just Posted

Governing bodies accused of ‘destroying’ girls’ hockey by Island’s top team

When asked for advice hockey dad says ‘put your girls in soccer’

Guns could use smartphone-style fingerprint locks in near future

Startups looking to outflank traditional gun manufacturers using tech knowhow

Economic inequality, immigration still need work in Victoria: Prosperity index

Housing, environmental health factors show improvements in 2019: report

Victoria City Councillor Laurel Collins wins federal NDP nomination

Collins will run for Victoria in the upcoming federal election

WATCH: Soon-to-be guide dogs take part in the Amazing Puppy Race

10 puppies training to be guide dogs took part in a social Easter egg hunt

Victoria church bells toll in solidarity with Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating fire

Churches around the globe ring bells to honour iconic Paris cathedral

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. senior sentenced for sexually abusing special-needs granddaughter

73-year-old Cortes Island man will go to jail for three years

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Most Read