EASTON, Md. - Police say they had to kill a dog that attacked an officer, while carrying out a search warrant in Talbot County.
Easton Police say on Wednesday, they served a high-risk search & seizure warrant on a home in Longwoods, Maryland, while looking for evidence in connection to the recent theft of an Easton Police service weapon, along with an unrelated shooting at this residence in Longwoods. Police say one of the home's residents, 46-year-old James Cannon was home during the search.
According to the report, as the tactical team started going into the home, a male pit bull ran out of the house, circled, and attacked an officer from behind, biting him on the upper leg, and remained attached. Police say officers made several unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the dog, and eventually a tactical officer shot the dog one time, causing the dog's death.
The Officer was treated at Easton Hospital. An investigation apparently showed that the dog had previously bit an officer from another Police agency, and that the owner hasn't remained current on the dog's rabies vaccinations. The dog's remains have reportedly been turned over to the Talbot County Health Department to test it for rabies.
Police say the search of the home revealed small caliber ammunition and a holster for a handgun. Easton Police say they had already recovered the stolen handgun during a previous investigation. Cannon, who is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of ammunition. He is being held at the Talbot County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.