SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Salt Lake City police say a man had “great potential” to be shot after he chased and rammed his van into several patrol cars and bit one of their K9 officers.
The incident began at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday when Metro Gang Officers were patrolling in the area of 1200 West 1230 South in an unmarked car.
Lt. Dave Cracroft said a man pulled out of his driveway in a mini van and tried to ram into the patrol car, but missed the officers.
Additional officers were called to the scene.
Cracroft says the suspect chased the officers to a nearby church parking lot where Salt Lake City police attempted to box the suspect in. Following that, one officer tried to cut the suspect off, and the suspect rammed that police car and then backed into another one.
At that point, the suspect’s van was disabled.
The officers used a taser on the suspect, but it didn’t work.
After that, police deployed a canine.
Cracroft said the suspect grabbed the canine and then bit the dog.
The suspect eventually settled down after he was bit by the canine.
He was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. An officer was also taken to a local hospital and treated for a broken hand that he suffered during the altercation.
Cracroft told reporters that the suspect was “lucky he didn’t get shot.”
“We were concerned that we were eventually going to have to shoot him because of the situation; fortunately he wasn’t shot and no one was seriously hurt but we had great potential for that,” Cracroft added.
The man has been identified as 46-year-old Raul Perez Amezcua. He was booked on several charges including aggravated assault, failure to stop at the command of police, and drug charges.