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Summit Deputies Deal With Dog Putting The Bite On Officer; Reported Gun Threat

Summit County Sheriff's Office

Among the recent calls for service to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, a disorderly behavior incident led to a deputy getting bitten by a German Shepherd.     And officers are still investigating a wage dispute that reportedly led to a gun threat.            

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said that on Monday, the 7th, deputies responded to the Wal Mart parking lot, where a man standing by his vehicle appeared to be very agitated, was screaming and throwing items.

The man was accompanied by a German Shepherd on a leash, though the suspect wasn’t holding the leash.

The dog began to show aggressive behavior.    When one deputy took a step forward, the dog bit him on the upper leg.

The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT for short) which responds to mental health episodes, arrived at the scene and took care of the man, identified as a 70-year-old Los Angeles resident.    He was not given a citation.

Lt. Wright said the dog was given to animal control and placed in 10-day quarantine to make sure the dog doesn’t have rabies or other medical issues.

An ambulance responded for the deputy and he was later reviewed by a doctor.    Lt. Wright said the deputy is fine.       

“It did break the skin.   However, it was mostly—it wasn’t a deep bite.  It was fairly superficial as far as the wound goes.    He’s doing fine.  He continued to work his shift and is back to work.  It did not prevent him from doing his job, but definitely was a bit of a surprise.   And it hurt some, so—it was a large dog.  It was a German Shepherd, so having a dog of that size bite you, it’s not a pleasant experience.”

Meanwhile, on the night of the 7th, two people reported that when they tried to get paid for a job, their employer threatened them with a gun.  That reportedly happened near Manor Lands, by the Mirror Lake Highway, at an earlier date and time.

Lt. Wright said the workers were hesitant to make a report, but didn’t say why.   

The complainants said they live in Salt Lake County, as does their employer.   They said they will gather all the information and evidence on their claim and send it to deputies.   Lt. Wright said that information will be sent on to the investigation division.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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