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Colorado Springs police officer bitten by dog while trying to arrest domestic-violence suspect

October 6, 2017 Updated: October 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm
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A Colorado Springs police officer was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries after being bitten by a pit bull Friday while trying to arrest a man suspected of domestic violence, police reported.

Officers were investigating a report of a disturbance about 2:40 a.m. at an apartment at Chelton Road and East Fountain Boulevard. A woman at the apartment told police that she and Michael Darby, 23, had been arguing. The woman claimed Darby had left the apartment, but officers found him hiding in the bathroom.

Darby attempted to get away but was tackled by the officers in the hallway, police said. Darby continued to resist, striking one officer in the face. As the altercation continued, two pit bulls in the apartment charged at the officers, biting one on the arm and leg. The dogs were not injured.

Darby ran off into a nearby neighborhood, police said. After searching unsuccessfully for him, the officer drove to a hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Darby was arrested later at the apartment where the disturbance was reported. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer, obstruction and possession of an unspecified Schedule II controlled substance.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region does not have the dogs in custody, said spokeswoman Gretchen Pressley. The Humane Society initially was called by police to take the dogs, but police decided to investigate further.

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