Report: Sheriff's office K-9 bites man after escaping handler

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 42-year-old man was treated for several scrapes and a puncture wound to his forearm after falling on a K-9 who escaped from his handler.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened on the afternoon of Oct. 2 in the area of the Moncks Corner Magistrate's Office on 223 North Live Oak Dr.

A deputy said he was parking a sheriff's office vehicle when he noticed his regularly assigned patrol car parked near the mechanic shop with the back windows left down.

According to the deputy, when it started to rain heavily, he got out of the vehicle he was in and opened the back door to let his K-9 out.

An incident report states that when the deputy turned around, he saw the K-9 running towards the victim who was running across the parking lot to get out of the rain.

The deputy said that as he was running towards the K-9 and the victim, he began to verbally recall the K-9 back to him.

The sheriff's office says as the K-9 began to return to the deputy, the dog scraped the victim's right thigh causing him to lose his balance and fall on the K-9.

Authorities say the K-9 then bit the victim on the right forearm. The deputy said he immediately called the K-9 back, placed the dog in his patrol unit and called EMS to help the victim.

The deputy then helped the victim into the garage until EMS arrived. The victim was then transported to the hospital and was treated for several scrapes and a puncture wound to his forearm.

Officials with the sheriff's office say they are still investigating the incident and have not taken any action yet.

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