Brutus, a K-9 for the Melbourne Police Department, fought with the suspect.
Photo: Melbourne Police Department
Photo: Melbourne Police Department

Man fights dog: Florida suspect accused of shooting into home, grabbing K-9 by neck

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Melbourne police said they were called to a home after Philip Spurlock, 23, allegedly shot into the home before driving away on a motorcycle.

Investigators said detectives in unmarked vehicles followed Spurlock at a safe distance as he drove at speeds in excess of 80 mph in a zone where the speed limit was 35 mph.

Police said Spurlock ditched the motorcycle and ran into the backyard of a home, where he tried to hide behind an air-conditioning unit.

Investigators said a K-9 officer closed in on Spurlock, who grabbed the K-9 dog, Brutus, around the neck with both hands and began to fight with him.

Police said Spurlock was arrested and taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center to be treated for a dog bite.

Spurlock was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence and offenses against a police dog.

Police said the dog is OK.

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