Cops: Upstate man attempted to choke K-9 following hostage situation

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - A Spartanburg man accused of holding three people against their will is also accused of trying to choke a K-9 officer during his arrest, according to an incident report.

Spartanburg police said Rodney Clowney held two women and a man against their will at an apartment on John B. White Boulevard Friday morning. Police said he threatened the three with a blade after accusing them of stealing a gun.

One of the victims said Clowney tried to choke her, the report said. The victim said eventually Clowney suddenly stopped and allowed them to go. One of the victims was able to get away and call 911.

When officers arrived to serve a warrant they said Clowney refused to open the door. Officers said they had to use force to get into the apartment and found Clowney sitting on the couch.

The report said because Clowney had his hands under a blanket and refused to show them, officers said they had to remove Clowney from the couch.

When Clowney pushed one officer away and began to swing at other officers, K9 Riska was sent in, the report said. According to the report, the suspect threw a blanket on the dog, grabbed her and then tried to choke her.

At that time one of the officer deployed his stun gun, but it hit the blanket Clowney was using to cover himself, the report said.

Clowney let go of the dog, swung at an officer and then came aggressively toward the officer, according to the report. The officer told Clowney to get on the ground but according to the report, Clowney refused.

The incident report said after a continued altercation with the officer, Clowney was taken into custody.

Clowney is charged with assault and battery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting arrest with assault and marijuana possession, according to the Spartanburg County Detention Center website.

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